The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign immediately over overwhelming insecurity in the country.
The group, in a statement issued by its Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, said the administration of Buhari did not appear to have answers to the challenges of security to which the nation was exposed.
“We cannot continue to live and die under the dictates of killers, kidnappers, rapists and sundry criminal groups that have deprived us of our rights to live in peace and security,” NEF said.
According to NEF, the nation’s constitution has provisions for leaders to voluntarily step down if they are challenged by personal reasons or they proved incapable of leading.
The Northern Elders Forum stated that it is now time for Buhari to seriously consider that option, since his leadership had proved spectacularly incapable of providing security over Nigerians.
“Our Forum is aware of the weight of this advice, and it is also aware that we cannot continue to live under these conditions until 2023 when President Buhari’s term ends,” the group said.
The group lamented that killers and other criminals appeared to have sensed a paralyzing vacuum at the highest levels of leadership, and that they grew more confident and acquired more competence in subverting the State and the security.
NEF added that Nigerians had shed enough tears and blood without appropriate response from those with responsibilities to protect the people.
Bauchi mayhem: Six houses, seven shops burnt over alleged blasphemy
By Ahmed Kaigama
The Bauchi State Police Command on Saturday said six houses and seven shops were burnt by irate youths who went on rampage over alleged blasphemous messages.
Irate youths had rioted at Katanga Community of Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State on Friday over alleged blasphemy.
The command has ordered an investigation into the crisis that erupted at Katanga Community of Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
Police spokesman, SP Ahmed Wakil, stated in Bauchi on Saturday that some irate youths set six houses and seven shops ablaze in the community on Friday.
He added that some community members also sustained injuries in the assault.
He explained that the assault was a reaction to an alleged blasphemous message posted on the social media by a 40-year-old female employee of the local government council.
“The police deployed troops to the community and they have brought the situation under control,’’ Wakil stated.
He added that the Commissioner of Police in Bauchi State, Mr Umar Sanda had ordered a thorough investigation into the crisis.
Wakil stated also that Sanda appealed to the general public to be calm and to go about their lawful businesses without fear of intimidation.
He reiterated the need for parents and guardians to maintain strict vigilance over the activities of their wards, particularly youths.
Sanda also urged religious leaders and community leaders and elders generally to always speak to youths to desist from truncating the peace in their communities.
Reno Omokri: Tinubu is more competent than Osinbajo
Former presidential aide and critic, Reno Omokri has declared that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is more competent than Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Tinubu and Osinbajo are presidential aspirants under the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 presidency and will slug it out at the primary at the end of May.
He said in terms of what he achieved in Lagos, Tinubu was far more competent than Osinbajo.
Omokri said he did not like Tinubu and that he fully expected that if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chose the right candidate, they would defeat Tinubu.
He said to put the record side by side, Tinubu’s record far outweighed that of Osinbajo.
Omokri tweeted: “In terms of what he achieved in Lagos, Tinubu is by far more competent than Osinbajo. I do not like Tinubu.
“And I fully expect that if the PDP chooses the right candidate, they will defeat him. But put his record side by side Osinbajo’s record, and Tinubu is better!”