Senator Abaribe Should Also Resign For Freeing Nnamdi Kanu, Says Presidency
The Nigerian Presidency has reacted to the Senator, Enyinnaya Abaribe who called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.
In a statement signed by the Buhari Senior special assistant on media and publicity Garba Shehu, the Presidency described the call as “foolish”.
The Nigerian Senate Minority leader on Wednesday asked Buhari to resign over the appalling security situation in the country.
The call was made while lawmakers were discussing a motion on national security challenges and calls for restructuring in plenary.
He said: “it is now time to pick stones to stone them” in view of their obvious failure.
“When I was coming this morning, I saw a newspaper headline of THISDAY, which said: the ‘Commander-In-Chief expresses shock at the level of violent crimes’ in the country.
“In other words, Mr President was expressing surprise but in accordance to our rules in Order 53 (13), I will not go into that but I can only say in pidgin English ‘this surprise, surprise me.’
“Mr President, you have told us that on this solemn day and in discussing this matter, that we may not at any point be partisan.
“I want to say, Mr President, if you didn’t insist that we will not be partisan, I would have called out the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, who when the CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria) leaders complained about the killing of a priest, he turned around and said CAN was acting like a political party.
“Now that we are talking about it here, let me hear him say that all of us are acting like a political party when many are complaining about these incessant deaths in this country.
“Because we have to get to the root of this matter, I can only say one thing: those who live by propaganda will die by propaganda.
“This is a matter of life and death and I was building up to something and I will say what I was building up to simply.
“Boko Haram has been defeated, Nigeria is now safer, everything that was being done to make sure that the hard work that was supposed to be done in securing Nigeria was not done because certain people did not do their work but preferred to cover the eyes of Nigerians with propaganda and trying to find all these excuses for non-performance have now come to stare us in the face.
“Mr President, Nigerians did not elect the Inspector General of Police, we did not elect the Chief of Staff, we did not elect the Joint Chiefs or the National Security Adviser.
“We elected the government of APC in 2015 and re-elected them in 2019. The reason we re-elected them is that they continued to tell us that they had the key to security.
“When you want to deal with a matter, you go to the head, so we will go to the government and ask this government to resign because they can no longer do anything.”
Reacting on Wednesday evening, the Presidency said Abaribe’s call does not represent the voice of the country.
Shehu argued that if Buhari resigns, others, including the Senator also need to tender their resignations, adding that Abaribe is known for making “stray comments”
“President Buhari, to resign on what basis? Just because some characters think that President Buhari should resign, then they expect him to quit. That call does not represent the opinion of the country. This is the opinion of an armchair critic, known for making stray comments.
“If a leader like President Buhari needs to resign, there are millions of other Nigerians who need to resign, including Senator Abaribe who unlocked the door to enable the escape of traitorous and treasonable suspects.
“He signed the bond for the court to release Nnamdi Kanu on bail, from which moment the suspect disappeared into the thin air. Senator Abaribe has failed repeated deadlines to return Kanu to the court for trial, yet he has the effrontery with which to accuse someone of failing to the bidding of the law.”
“This is a man who should have replaced the suspects he failed to produce in the correctional facility.”
The Presidency whose response did not relate to security as raised by the Senator also accuse the Senator of raping the nation that led to the collapse in 2015.
“Abaribe’s party raped the nation and left it collapsing in 2015 and President Buhari is fixing things up all the years he is in office.
“President Buhari is working hard to keep Nigeria and Nigerians out of the harm terrorists have unleashed in the entire Sahel and Sub-Saharan Africa with the support of Nigerians and our foreign friends, he is going to finish off these terrorists. He alone can do it.” Shehu said.