The Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has disagreed with President Mohammadu Buhari, over his non-visitation of the scene of the explosion that happened in Lagos on Sunday, describing his preference to receive pictorial briefings from the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwolu, in Abuja as strange.
A Press Statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, described the president’s approach to the disaster as embarrassing, urging him to proceed to Lagos with immediate effect to commiserate with those affected by the explosion.
“With such a national calamity and attendant loss of lives and property, it is indeed strange that a leader could remain distant and not deem it fit to personally identify with the victims through a visit, but prefer to wait in the comfort of Aso Presidential Villa to be presented with photographs of the ugly incident.”
The party wondered why the president always wait to be reminded even when a disaster occurs before identifying with the victims.
“It is unfortunate that the Buhari Presidency always waits to be reminded or prodded before identifying with our citizens and taking up responsibility whenever our nation is confronted with critical issues that directly affect the wellbeing and security of Nigerians.
“Nigerians had expected Mr. President to always lead from the front on serious national issues, as he promised, but this had not been the case, resulting in leadership failure and myriads of security, economic, environmental and political problems that had bedeviled our nation in the last five years,” the party stated.
They called on the government to look into the real cause of the explosion, by engaging the services of forensic experts, given the conflicting reports already in circulation.