The Presidency Thursday chided the National leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, and the rest of APC leaders for demanding for the resignation of President Goodluck Jonathan following the upsurge in Boko Haram activities in the country.
Tinubu at a political rally in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Wednesday had said that in “civilised” societies, the President should have resigned following the increase in insurgency in the country and inability of government to tackle it.
However, Doyin Okupe, Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs said in a statement that the comment by Tinubu was “unfounded and lacking in historical precedence.”
“We challenge him to tell Nigerians which part of his “civilised” world has there been a call on a President to resign during an on-going war.
“When terrorists attacked the United States of America in September, 2001, leaders of the Democratic Party did not demand a resignation of President George Bush but rather they rose in defence of the American nation to support the various measures taken by the President to defeat the Al Qaeda terrorists,” he said.
Okupe in the statement described the statement of the APC leader as double speak as he noted that the party has once denounced the Presidency for making attempts at proscribing the Boko Haram group.
“It is perhaps necessary to remind the APC leader that it was leading members of his party who vehemently opposed and openly criticised the proscription of the Boko Haram sect by the Federal Government in 2013 with some of them even going as far as describing it as a move against the North while others tried to incite the Civil Society to condemn this anti-terrorists act.
“It is therefore unfortunate that the APC, in its desperation for power and eagerness to make selfish political gains from insecurity, has shown a total lack of the spirit of Nationalism and statesmanship in its public comments on the challenges of insurgency in the North East.
“It is particularly sad that leaders of the APC would mount every available podium to pour invectives on the President and ridicule members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria who are in the battlefield of the war against terror in the North East of this country.
“Telling the President to resign because of an ongoing insurgency is the height of insensitive, indecorous and bad politics which ought to be roundly condemned by every Patriotic Nigerian.
“We wish to the remind the likes of Senator Tinubu that by the provisions of the Nigerian constitution, the only recognised means of changing a government is through the electoral process which comes every four years.
“If the APC leader has a problem about the chances of his political party winning an election, as he obviously does, he should not resort to brigandage, rather we will advise that they go back to the drawing board to rewrite their lacklustre, ill-defined and uninspiring manifestoes and see if they can sell it to the Nigerian public side by side with the well-articulated, dutifully executed and widely acclaimed Transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan,” the statement added.