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“Resign if you are incompetent”- El-Rufai tells Jonathan
In his reaction to the continuous violence in the country, particularly in the North, former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has advised the president to honourably resign if he is not competent enough to handle the present crisis in the country.
In an interview with Vanguard newspaper, and retrieved by our correspondent, El-Rufai said for the government to allow innocent souls to be slaughtered daily without any response from the administration was unheard of.
El-Rufai and Jonathan
Reacting to chief Edwin Clark’s allegation that the northern leaders had not done enough to fight against the spate of violence in the country, el-Rufai had warned Clerk to avoid making unverified comments that will degrade him instead of uphold him.
The former FCT minister had advised Clerk to stop attacking northern leaders in his unguarded utterances.
According to him, Jonathan had declared though his action that he is not competent enough to bring the spate of violence in the country to a halt. He said that at different times in the history of the country, different political leaders had been confronted with different challenges, and were able to stand against them. “Why is it that only President Jonathan cannot solve Nigeria’s security problem? He asked
“If he cannot do the job for which he was elected to do, he should consider going home. No president has ever sought the help of the ordinary people in tackling security problems in this country.
“The protection of lives and property of the citizens is the basis of any government in power and if the leadership has failed woefully to deploy the resources and information at its disposal to enforce coercive power for the benefit of the society, then it had no reason to stay on,” he stated.
He said the current situation in the country had made many Nigerians to be worried about the future of the country, warning that if urgent steps were not taken to reverse the dangerous trend, the country could be plunged into a deeper crisis.
On the issue of low budget implementation, the former minister said “Yes, all of us would have seen the results if the budget had been well implemented. A good economic system shows in the quality of lives of the people and does not end on the pages of newspapers,”He concluded.