Chidoka’s Criticism of COVID19 Taskforce Angers APC

Osita Chidoka

An interest group of the All Progressives Congress (APC) known as the APC Mandate Defenders, has expressed its anger over comments made by a former Minister of Aviation, Mr Osita Chidoka.

In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Ifeanyi Emeka, the group said it was wrong for the former Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to criticise the Presidential Taskforce for the Control of Coronavirus in Nigeria head by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha.

The group described as “irresponsible” Mr Chidoka’s call for the dissolution of the team, saying the former Minister “is a yesterday’s man whose ideas have no relevance with the reality of the moment.”

It urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “ignore him because he has nothing to offer the nation besides criticism.”

Continuing, the group said the Presidential Taskforce is too busy to be distracted by Mr Chidoka, “a man who has no other address besides petty politics.”

“When Chidoka’s contemporaries are busy making donations in the ongoing fight against COVID-19 so as to help Nigerians, the failed former minister is busy finding faults with what he knows nothing about.

“For goodness sake, is it the time to find faults with the government?

“Must everything be politicised in Nigeria?” the group queried.

It stated that, “In saner climes, the likes of Chidoka are supposed to be languishing in jail for maladministration over his irresponsible management of both the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Ministry of Aviation.”

“Mr Chidoka should contend himself with the controversies that surrounded his tenure in office and stop his irresponsible media brags or shows,” the APC Mandate Defenders said.

“While we commend the COVID-19 Taskforce for the great works they are doing, we also call on Nigerians to support the taskforce by obeying their directives among other things.

“Finally, we urge Nigerians to stay safe and maintain their basic hygiene as we all fight to contain the spread of the virus,” the association said.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via

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