Insecurity: Nigerians Calling On Buhari’s Resignation Must Desist – Lai Mohammed
The Nigerian Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed says those calling for the President, Muhammadu Buhari to resign to be mindful of their comments.
Mohammed said this on Thursday.
He said the President will not resign because of the security challenges in the country.
In January, in a widely reported dare, the Senate Minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe asked Buhari to resign over the increasing insecurity in Nigeria.
Similarly, Northern elders had of recent struck the President as the killings continued unabated across the country.
During a visit to Maiduguri two weeks ago, Buhari was booed by once loved fans, residents of Borno State where the President had garnered so much support.
The turned around explains the bitterness among Nigerians over President inabilities to curb the problem.
While Boko Haram attack in the north-east, bandits take over the north-west, Fulani herdsmen kidnapping, maiming, raping and killing in the south.
Nigerians are now for once, speaking in one tune, calling on Buhari to resign for someone capable to take the responsibility.
Defending his boss, the Minister said the President will not abandon the mandate of Nigerians to rule until 2023.
Mohammed warned Nigerians calling for the resignation of Buhari and his service chiefs to desist.
“As I said earlier, the country is facing security challenges, and the challenges are being tackled headlong,” Lai said.
“However, there have been some red herrings in recent times, including those calling for the resignation of Mr President or the sack of the service chiefs.
“I just want to say that the government, which has provided and continues to provide the military and the security agencies with the wherewithal, believes in their ability to tackle insecurity.
“These challenges will be successfully tackled. I will, however, advise all commentators, especially political and religious leaders, to be very careful at this time not to aggravate the situation with incendiary comments; comments that cash in on our religious, ethnic and political fault lines to further divide us.
“The kind of comments that have been attributed to some leaders, especially religious leaders, are incendiary and reckless. Leaders should be part of solutions to problems, rather than aggravating situations.
“To those asking Mr President to resign, I wish to say this: Mr President will not resign. He has the overwhelming mandate of Nigerians to preside over the affairs of the country till the expiration of his tenure in May 2023.”