Atiku calls for Tinubu's resignation over insecurity crisis

Tinubu and Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has urged President Bola Tinubu to step down due to the escalating insecurity in Nigeria, stating that the country does not need "another Tourist-in-Chief."

Atiku, who lost to Tinubu in the 2023 presidential election, criticized the president for what he perceives as a lack of effective leadership in addressing the nation's security challenges. 

Atiku's call for Tinubu's resignation comes in the wake of a recent explosion in Ibadan, which resulted in the loss of five lives, and amid growing concerns over the pervasive insecurity in the country. 

“If the shoes are too big for Emilokan, he should step aside. Nigeria does not need another Tourist-in-Chief,” the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain added.  

“The country needs 24/7 leadership to confront the pervasive insecurity and collapsing economy,” he said in a post on his X handle on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, recalling the various kidnapping episodes in several parts of Nigeria.

“Tinubu is playing fiddle while Nigeria is drowning in the ocean of insecurity,” Atiku wrote.

“To imagine that the Commander-in-Chief is on a so-called private visit while kidnappers kill a nursing mother and grandmother in Abuja for failing to pay N90m ransom and two monarchs in Ekiti, among other regular tragedies besetting Nigerians.”

President Tinubu came to office last year vowing to tackle Nigeria’s insecurity, including jihadists in the North-East, criminal militias in the North-West and a flareup of inter-communal violence in central states.

But critics say the kidnapping crisis, one of the issues affecting the country, is out of control. The president said he plans to address the root causes of the violence through education.

Impunity as well as insufficient security and wider government presence has allowed violence to fester, experts say.

The former Vice President's statement has reignited the ongoing debate about the handling of security issues under the current administration.
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