Jonathan Cannot Resign At Boko Haram’s Request, Say AYCF, OPC, IYC

:::::Condemnation on Monday trailed the request by
the violent Boko Haram sect that President
Goodluck Jonathan should become a Muslim or
resign from office.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the
sect had in an internet broadcast on Saturday asked
for Jonathan’s conversion or resignation as the
condition for it to stop violence.
However, Jonathan on Sunday said through his
spokesman, Dr Reuben Abati, that he would neither
resign nor convert to Islam.
 “The president cannot be intimidated by any group
or individual. The president will never resign.
``He has the mandate of Nigerians to serve his
fatherland; nobody should imagine that he will
succumb to blackmail,” Abati told journalists in
Reacting to the development, the Founder of the
O’odua Peoples' Congress, Dr Frederick Faseun,
said that no group in Nigeria had the right to make
such demands.
Faseun told NAN in a telephone interview that it
was only the national assembly that could remove
the president.
``I blame the government, especially the security
operatives, for being too accommodating with
these terrorists and their cohorts,’’ he said.
Commenting, the President of the Arewa Youth
Consultative Forum, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, also
told NAN that the sect lacked the powers to make
such demands.
``The threat is neither constitutional nor right’’
Shettima said.
He urged the group to take advantage of the
dialogue being sought by the presidency to make
peace with Nigeria.
``Somebody must come forward to take
responsibility and represent the sect.
`` Government cannot dialogue with people it
cannot see,’’ he said.
Contributing, the president of the Igbo Youth
Congress, Mr Bright Ezeocha, described the demand
as meaningless.
``The president should not have even dignified
them with a response. It is ridiculous.
``President Goodluck Jonathan was not voted in by
the Boko Haram sect, and the sect has no morals to
make such a demand, with the high number
of innocent Nigerians it has killed,’’ he said.
Ezeocha urged Jonathan to deploy more security
operatives to fish out the members of the group
and those behind its activities.
``We must learn to respect the office of the
president,’’ he said. (NAN)

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