The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that the calls for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign because of insecurity are “cheap and irresponsible.”
Lai Mohammed who spoke at a meeting with members of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN, in Lagos, said that the president cannot be prevented from seeing out his second tenure.
He pointed out that contrary to what people think about insecurity, the situation has changed in the country since Buhari came to power.
He said, “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.”