Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has responded to calls from some political quarters for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.
In his response during a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday however, Mohammed noted that President Buhari won’t resign as he got the mandate from Nigerians to lead them.
He added that the mandate won’t expire until 2023 and he has every intention to see out his contract with Nigerians.
He also reiterated that the current service chiefs won’t be sacked but the government remains committed to tackling all forms of insecurity challenges ravaging the country.
“As I said earlier, the country is facing security challenges, and the challenges are being tackled headlong.
“However, there have been some red herrings in recent times, including those calling for the resignation of Mr. President or the sack of the security chiefs.
“I just want to say that the government, which has provided and continues to provide the military and the security agencies with the wherewithal, believes in their ability to tackle insecurity.
“These challenges will be successfully tackled. I will, however, advise all commentators, especially political and religious leaders, to be very careful at this time not to aggravate the situation with incendiary comments, comments that cash in on our religious, ethnic and political fault lines to further divide us.
“The kind of comments that have been attributed to some leaders, especially religious leaders, are incendiary and reckless. Leaders should be part of solutions to problems, rather than aggravating situations.
“To those asking Mr. President to resign, I wish to say this: Mr. President will not resign.”
“He has the overwhelming mandate of Nigerians to preside over the affairs of the country till the expiration of his tenure in May 2023,” Lai Mohammed declared.