PDP rebukes Buhari for ‘violating’ COVID-19 protocols

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rebuked President Muhammadu Buhari for violating COVID-19 protocols during his All Progressives Congress (APC) membership registration and revalidation exercise.

Buhari had on Saturday, revalidated his APC membership status at his Sarkin Yara polling unit in Daura, Katsina State.

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But the PDP in a statement on Sunday expressed dismay over the alleged violation of his own executive regulation on COVID-19, which provides for 6-months jail term for defaulters.

The opposition party said, “it is a huge national embarrassment and gross failure of leadership that President Buhari, who ought to lead by example, is being reported of publicly violating the COVID-19 regulation, which he signed just five days ago.”

“It is indeed scandalous that while Nigerians are striving to obey the COVID-19 regulation, which stipulates the compulsory wearing of nose mask and physical distancing in the public, they are being confronted with reports of open violation of the law by Mr. President during the APC’s membership revalidation exercise in his hometown, Daura, Katsina state on Saturday.

“The media is awash with reports and pictures of Mr. President in public, discussing with his party leaders at the event without putting on a nose mask or maintaining social distancing as stipulated by the new law,” the party added.