Buhari Will Not Resign – Lai Mohammed To Northern Elders Forum
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has reacted to the call by the Northern Elders Forum for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation.
The Minister stated that his principal would complete his tenure despite calls from several quarters to resign.
Buhari had been called out by Nigerians following the massacre of farmers in Borno State by Boko Haram terrorist and other insecurity issues in the country.
Mohammed in his statement described the call for Buhari’s resignation as irresponsible and cheap.
The Northern Elders Forum, called for Buhari’s resignation due to increase of insecurity in the North and Nigeria as a whole.
The spokesperson of NEF, Hakeem Baba Ahmed, noted that Buhari has failed to protect Nigerians, hence the need to resign.
The Minister, however, stated that those calling the president’s resignation are playing politics with the issue.
He spoke during a meeting with members of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN, in Lagos.
According to Mohammed: “In the wake of the killing, there have been calls in some quarters for Mr President to resign. Well, let me say here that this call amounts to playing dirty politics with the issue of security, and it is cheap and irresponsible.”
“Mr President was elected in 2015 for a four-year term and re-elected in 2019 for another four-year term. No amount of hysterical calls for resignation will prevent him from serving out his term.”
“Now, let’s put things in context. Before Mr President assumed office, Boko Haram could stroll into any city, especially in the north, to carry out deadly attacks. Abuja, the nation’s capital, Kano, Maiduguri, Jos, Damaturu, etc were regularly targeted. Motor parks, churches, mosques, shopping complexes were not spared. Today, that is a thing of the past. Suicide bombers used to have a field day detonating their bombs and killing innocent people.”
“Therefore, calling on the President to resign every time there is a setback in the war on terror is a needless distraction and cheap politicking. Let’s stop playing politics with the issue of security.”