The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has reacted to calls for president Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation over the insecurity challenges in the country, adding that the Federal Government has no plan to go back on its plan to regulate social media.
Mohammed, who made the clarifications at a briefing in Abuja said the country is facing security challenges, and the problems 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 give the military and the security agencies the needed supports, believes in their ability to tackle insecurity.
“These challenges will be successfully tackled. I will, however, advise all commentators, particularly 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 divide us further.
“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.