Raymond Ekpe, a youth leader in Akwa Ibom state, has joined other Nigerians in the chorus of calls for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign if he can not provide solutions to the heightened state of insecurity in Nigeria.
Comrade Ekpe said that the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the country are equally getting tired and worried about President Buhari’s helplessness.
According to Ekpe, who is the Essien Udim chapter youth leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the recent abduction of 317 schoolgirls from Government Secondary School in Jangebe, Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State, clearly showed that the Buhari government lacks what it takes to protect the citizens.
He noted that the Jangebe abduction was the second of such attack on schools under seven days, following the abduction of over 40 persons including students and staff of Government Science College, GSC, in Kagara by bandits.
Speaking with journalists in Uyo, weekend, Ekpe expressed worry on how such a number of students who are girls could be kidnapped in this age of technology without any form of resistance from security agents.
“I can tell you that the current insecurity situation in Nigeria is quite embarrassing, unfortunate and disheartening. Banditry has now become a lucrative crime under President Buhari. It is a disgrace that life has no value under him, “he said.
Ekpe wondered how President Buhari, a retired army general with many years of security experience, could not be able to tackle the ugly menace.
He said: “It’s obvious that the bandits may this time around demand up to N10 billion as ransom to secure the release of the 317 schoolgirls.
“This is just very unfortunate that banditry has almost vandalised the government of Buhari. It has now become a regular occurrence.
“Unsubstantiated reports have it that the bandits collected up to two Billion Naira to secure the release of the students abducted from Niger State.
“This ugly trend is no longer funny. It’s becoming obvious that Buhari is no longer fit to pilot the affairs of this nation.
“I think it’s high time he resigned if he can no longer discharge his primary responsibility of protecting the lives of the citizens.
“President Buhari back in those days asked Goodluck Jonathan to resign if he couldn’t tackle insecurity, now the situation is fast becoming worse. One is happy that APC leaders are equally getting worried that Buhari is becoming helpless.
“I wonder what Lai Mohammed would have said if these were to be happening during Jonathan’s administration. I think we need to tell Buhari to step down because he does not have answers to this problem of insecurity ravaging this country.
“The most unfortunate aspect of it all is that billions will be spent as ransom for the release of these innocent students.
“Most likely, some of them will be raped. One cannot be sure that after the release, another set of bandits will not do same.
“We are certainly in a big mess. This scenario is really a very bad one. I think it’s high time Buhari stepped down. Enough is enough.”