The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed worry over an alleged scuffle between the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, and some aides of President Muhammad Buhari.
According to reports, a mild drama ensued at the State House on Thursday night when security details attached to the First Lady attempted to compel an aide of Buhari, Sabiu Yusuf, to self-isolate himself after returning from an official assignment to avoid the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) to the first family.
The incident reportedly resulted in exchange of gunshots when the president’s aide resisted the security details of the First Lady.
It was gathered that the episode led to the arrest of the First Lady’s security aides by the police who allegedly acted on the orders of President Buhari.
Recall that Aisha Buhari took to her Twitter page on Friday to demand the release of her security details, saying: “I call on the IGP to release my assigned Staff who are still in the custody of the Police in order to avoid putting their lives in danger or exposure to Covid-19 while in their custody.”
Reacting in a statement on Saturday, the opposition PDP expressed worry that the alleged longstanding rift between President Buhari’s aides had his immediate family members had, “degenerated into violent combats, raids and free use of firearms within the Presidential villa.”
According to the PDP, it is distressing that, “members of Mr. President’s family were at scene of the assault against one of President Buhari’s aides, during which the First Lady’s security details were alleged to have resorted to the use of firearms.
“Our party is disturbed by such ugly situation in the Buhari Presidency, which has already heightened apprehensions in the public space over the apparent failure of security architecture and central command system in the presidency leading to such reckless and irresponsible breaches.
“The chaotic situation in the Presidential villa only points to the failure by President Buhari to provide a leadership that can guarantee orderliness in governance and effectively ensure the security of our nation.
“The PDP notes that such leadership failure at the highest level has further exposed why our nation has been bedeviled by myriads of security and economic problems under President Buhari’s watch in the last five years.
“More worrisome is that the Buhari Presidency had failed to speak out on the frightening situation so as to reassure Nigerians and douse the tension in the polity; especially at this critical time when our nation is facing serious security challenges.
“The PDP therefore calls on President Buhari to take immediate steps to restore order in his Presidency and shield our security system from the division and power tussle among persons close to him.
“Our party also demands for an immediate inquest into the security breaches as well as the alleged violation of COVID-19 ban on inter-state travels by officials and relations of Mr. President, which was reported to be part of the immediate causes of latest disturbances in the Presidential villa,” the opposition party said in the statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
The PDP further called on the National Assembly intervene in the, “persistent infighting in the Buhari Presidency especially as those in charge of the Presidential villa have not demonstrated the required capacity to engender the needed orderliness for productive governance.”