The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the presidency needs a refresher course in history, if it is unaware that a leader has had cause to resign in the course of a war being fought by his country in order to change the tides of the war.
In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party reminded the presidency that Neville Chamberlain resigned as British prime minister on May 10, 1940 after Adolf Hitler forced the allies to retreat from Norway.
‘’According to available information, Chamberlain led Britain through the first eight months of the World War II but had to resign after the allies were forced to retreat from Norway because of his belief that a government supported by all parties was essential for the unity needed to defeat Adolf Hitler. The resignation paved the way for Winston Churchill who later became the hero of the war,” it said.
APC therefore said the call by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on President Goodluck Jonathan to resign in view of the widespread insecurity in the land and the fact that some parts of Nigeria are now occupied by terrorists is neither extraordinary nor unprecedented.
‘’The call by one of our leaders is about taking responsibility. President Jonathan is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. If under his watch Nigerian territories are being annexed progressively by insurgents and all that he has demonstrated so far is sheer cluelessness and incompetence, it is time for him to take responsibility and quit in the national interest, to pave the way for a leader who can lead the country to victory,’’ the party said.
It said all the blame-game and name-calling by the presidency targeted at the opposition constitute a mere distraction.
‘’The presidency is right to say that when terrorists attacked the US in September 2001, the leaders of the Democratic Party did not demand the resignation of President George Bush but rather they rose in defence of the American nation to support the various measures taken by the president to defeat the Al-Qaeda terrorists.
‘’What the presidency forgot to say, however, is that Americans would not have rallied behind President Bush if he had been photographed snuggling with any sponsor of Al-Qaeda as President Jonathan did with one of the alleged sponsors of Boko Haram in Chad.