If Buhari should resign then you should be in prison, Presidency replies Abaribe

The presidency has attacked Senator Enyinnanya Abaribe who represents Abia South at the Senate for calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.

Mr Abaribe while making his contribution bordering on challenges of national security at the floor of the red chamber on Wednesday, called on the president to relinquish his office having failed to tackle insecurity bedeviling the country.

The country has witnessed a spike in criminal activities ranging from kidnappings, farmers and herders clashes, terrorist attacks etc.

But responding, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said if the president should resign over insecurity then the lawmaker should be in prison having failed to produce Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) in court.

Mr Abaribe alongside two others stood as a surety for Mr Kanu when the latter was granted bail. The IPOB leader charged for treason has jumped bail and currently out of the country.

“If a leader like President Buhari needs to resign, there are millions of other Nigerians who need to resign, including Senator Abaribe who unlocked the door to enable the escape of traitorous and treasonable suspects,” Mr Shehu said in a statement.

“He signed the bond for the court to release Nnamdi Kanu on bail, from which moment the suspect disappeared into the thin air. Senator Abaribe has failed repeated deadlines to return Kanu to the court for trial, yet he has the effrontery with which to accuse someone of failing to the bidding of the law.

“This is a man who should have replaced the suspects he failed to produce in the correctional facility.

“Abaribe’s party raped the nation and left it collapsing in 2015 and President Buhari is fixing things up all the years he is in office,” the statement partly read.

Mr Shehu who said the resignation call does not represent the opinion of those who re-elected his principal for another term of four years, claimed only President Buhari can stop the insecurity going on.

“President Buhari is working hard to keep Nigeria and Nigerians out of the harm terrorists have unleashed in the entire Sahel and Sub-Saharan Africa with the support of Nigerians and our foreign friends, he is going to finish off these terrorists. He alone can do it,” he added.