A one-time Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress ( APC), Comrade Time Frank has faulted the appointment of President Muhammadu Buhari by Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as the regional leader to champion the fight against the global novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in West Africa.
ECOWAS Secretariat, Abuja.
He demanded for the criteria used by the regional body to arrive at appointing President Buhari, whom he alleged in a series of tweets on his Twitter handle of lacking the basic knowledge of the deadly virus.
Frank, who is also a political activist, challenged ECOWAS's credibility, alleging that with the choice of President Buhari the regional body has "compromised in their leadership and they've clearly fitted that their basis of selecting Buhari was political".
He strongly advised ECOWAS to draw lines between selecting based on competence and merit, or selecting based on the size of a Nation.
He maintained that President Buhari has long displayed incompetence in taking the lead and warned that the region requires a competent and capable hand to lead the fight against the global pandemic in West Africa.
The former APC leader likened the development to similar mistake by the African Union (AU) in appointing Buhari as Ambassador to champion the fight against Corruption in Africa.
Accusing the regional body in one of his tweets Frank said: "It is a disgrace to ECOWAS for appointing incompetent Buhari to champion fight against COVID-19. For a man that doesn't know what COVID-19 means. How can he now lead fight on what he doesn't understand? You can't give what you don't have. May God help ECOWAS regions for this mistake.
"If it is by the basis of competence and ideas to lead any nation, then Buhari shouldn't be called. Except the ECOWAS and AU are only trying to embarrass Nigeria. Because he's so incompetent, he can't perform any assignment given to him." Timi Frank alleged.
The political activist then called on the body to revert it's position and safe the region from the impending danger. According to him, "I call on ECOWAS to revert their position on Buhari to lead the fight against COVID-19. This was the same mistake AU made when they appointed Buhari as Champion to fight Corruption in Africa. And now corruption is a usual breakfast in Africa. May God help us to save Nigeria."
At the continental level, Frank was full of praises for some African leaders he described as "true leaders who doesn't compromise Africa for their selfish gains".
He cited the likes of Rwanda's Paul Kagame, Tanzania's Dr. John Magufuli, Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta, and Ethiopia's Abiy Ahmed for their remarkable achievements in and across Africa.
"Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia are not up to the size of Nigeria in terms of population and Eeconomic size. But they've done far better than Nigeria in recent times. How can ECOWAS rely on a Buhari that Nigerians doesn't have access to. Nigeria has lost the mantle of being the Giant of Africa under Gen. Buhari's watch," he concluded.
By Jimi Anjolaoluwa – Abuja.