The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of reducing his newly-inaugurated ministers to the status of clerical staff of his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.
Buhari had at the close of the two-day retreat organized for the ministers on Tuesday issued a directive that they must channel all their meeting requests to him through Kyari.
In a statement issued on Thursday by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said the order was an indication that Nigerians would not enjoy good governance during Buhari’s second term.
“The PDP invites Nigerians to note President Buhari’s contemptible approach to governance and disregard of ministerial portfolios as portrayed in the recent degrading of ministers to clerical aides of Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari.
“The directive also suggests that Mr. President as the Minister of Petroleum Resources will also go through the Chief of Staff on policy matters. He has abdicated his responsibility and ceded it to his Chief of Staff.”
Ologbondiyan also said such demotion of ministers was unacceptable and counter-productive. He added that it only reduced governance to a domestic affair.