Kyari’s Burial: Prosecute govt officials violated directives- PDP

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Peoples Democratic Party PDP has charged the Federal Capital Territory Federal Capital Territory Authorities FCTA, in line with its actions against ordinary Nigerians who had flouted the rules on the violation of health safety and social restriction directives, to immediately prosecute all government functionaries involved in this violation during the funeral of the late Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari.

In a statement released and signed by National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Kola Ologbondiyan on Tuesday, the party said that the apology by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 pandemic, Boss Mustapha, came after widespread condemnation of the conduct of such government officials and other individuals at the funeral.

The PDP described it as unfortunate that those who make and enforce rules over ordinary Nigerians were found directly violating the same rules with impunity, thereby compromising the efforts to check the spread of the pandemic in our country while the party holds that the SGF and other government officials including PTF members ought to have shown respect to the memory of Mallam Kyari by conducting themselves in a manner that should have served as a guide to other Nigerians in the fight against COVID-19.

Nigerians had all watched how the FCT prosecuted residents at various mobile courts across the territory. Justice would therefore only be done and of course, seen to have been done, if the FCT toes the same line in this instance. Nigeria as a nation is governed by the constitution in which all Nigerians are deemed equal before the law. Our officials must learn to respect rules made and enforced by them, particularly at this trying time.

The PDP however urged Nigerians not to allow this development to make them lose faith in the over all mutli-sectoral effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic while charged all citizens to redouble their efforts in adhering to the restriction order as well as health safety directives of social distancing and personal hygiene, adding that with the concerted effort of all, the nation will defeat the scourge.

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