27 April 2014

Nigeria: Lagos Lawmaker Advises Jonathan to Resign

Lagos — A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Olanrewaju Oshun, has advised President Goodluck Jonathan to resign his position as president of Nigeria, noting that the president has failed to deliver on his mandate.

Oshun, who was reacting to the inability of the Federal Government to curb incessant killings by the Boko Haram sect, pointed out that there was the need for every Nigerian to question the integrity of the Federal Government.

Querying if the Boko Haram issue was more than Nigeria, the lawmaker said "people are being killed everyday; some weeks back, school girls numbering over 200 were abducted and all we could see was the president dancing azonto at a political rally."

"When a bomb blast incident happened in Boston sometime back, only three people died and the next day, President Barack Obama flew to the place. There was also a mishap recently somewhere in London and David Cameron was at the place the next day. But here in Nigeria, there are reports of people being killed by Boko Haram but the president doesn't deem it fit to visit these places.

"If he feels he can't handle this insurgence; if he feels the Boko Haram are beyond him and he cannot handle them, let him just resign. That is the way it is done, if you say you want to do something and eventually you cannot do it, you resign and go home. It is only that way you can keep and protect your integrity," he said.

Oshun, who is representing Lagos Mainland Constituency II, wondered the condition in which the parents of the abducted school girls would be, saying "has the president been to the parents of these girls to comfort them and assure them that government is doing something?"

While reacting to the comment made by the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was behind the Nyanya bomb blast, the lawmaker urged the APC to take Metuh up on his comment.

"I think the APC should take him to court; let him prove his allegation before a competent court of law in the land because we say a lot of things at times and nothing happens thereafter, we always feel we can say anything. APC should take him to court," Oshun added.

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