by Isi Esene
The pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly and the Convener of the Save Nigeria Group, Tunde Bakare has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to resign from office before he is removed.
He said this in a statement titled: “How to change government peacefully and make society better”.
According to the Vanguard Newspapers, the fiery pastor noted that Nigeria is plagued with a “catalogue of scandalous mismanagement of national resources, the unbridled stealing of public funds, and the bewildering exposure of the level of corruption in almost every arm of government as well as governmental agencies and parastatals, call for a change of guards, more so when the president has openly admitted that the security situation in the country has changed his pre-election agenda”.
In urging the president to resign, Bakare who was the Vice-presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) during the 2011 presidential elections, stated that “resignation is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of patriotic truthfulness. It is giving opportunity to those who can do a better job in the interest of the nation to carry on with nation-building where the exiting leader stops.”
He continued his address saying, “Even for a seasoned, well-cooked and well-equipped UK prime minister like Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady, the moment the people rose against her policy, she did the honourable and noble thing. She resigned and returned to the parliament before retiring from politics”.
He went on to chide the government for not seeing the linkage between corruption and violence describing the present administration as helpless in the face of daunting security challenges before it.
“This is no time for false accusations and counter-accusations. Mr. President may be doing his best, but the impact is not felt anywhere except in the bank accounts of oil vultures, his corrupt political allies and corporate cowboys.
“We have a patriotic duty to educate our people and we will continue to do that until light replaces the darkness in foggy minds, since education is considered a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army, in the words of Henry Peter Brougham”.
It will be interesting to hear what the presidency has to say about this uncomplimentary picture of the President Jonathan’s administration painted by Bakare.