The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has described as “cheap and irresponsible” over calls demanding President Muhammadu Buhari to resign because of insecurity.
Lai Mohammed said the president cannot be prevented from seeing out his second tenure. He said this while speaking at a meeting with members of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN, in Lagos.
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.”
The minister reiterated the government’s position that “Boko Haram has been degraded and can only carry out cowardly attacks against defenceless citizens.
“No nation, no matter how powerful, is immune to attacks on soft targets.
“For instance, 9-11 happened despite the prowess of the most powerful army in the world.
“Boko Haram’s only oxygen today is publicity. That’s why they have rushed to release a video claiming responsibility for the killing of the farmers.
“Please note that that video was shared to instill fear in the civil populace and maintain relevance in the eyes of their sponsors,” Mohammed concluded.
Recall that calls had been made to the president to rejig the security architecture of the country and also recently, the Northern elders did lend their voice to the issue of rising insecurity in the nation.
Citizens are constantly under attack, lives are being lost, to what end is the security agency serving Nigeria? Has the military and the Presidency truly failed Nigerians in the light of maintaining peace and order as well as securing lives and properties?
Is the issue of insecurity being politicized? What is your take?