The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to forget about imposing a state of emergency on some of the northern states worst hit by insecurity occasioned by deadly insurgency attacks, saying any such move will be akin to giving the PDP an undue advantage rather than helping to end the crisis.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party asked the President to resign if the imposition of emergency rule on the most affected states is the only viable option he has left.
ACN said inability of the the Jonathan-led administration to appropriately diagnose the problem in the first instance, as well as an exhibition of lethargy and an appalling lack of creativity in devising measures to put an end to the crisis has made it linger for too long.
“Perhaps President Jonathan should emulate late US President Harry Truman by putting a sign on his desk at Aso Rock that reads ‘The buck stops here’ to remind him that he bears the ultimate responsibility for the security situation in the country today, instead of any attempt to blame some state governors in the affected states.
“Imposing a state of emergency on the states that have beenmentioned, like Borno, Yobe and Nasarawa States will amount to shifting responsibility and unduly victimizing the Governors of those states, who have done perhaps more than the President, in dealing with the crisis, even though they are not in charge of any security apparatus.
“It is important to state here that the President virtually abandoned the states as they reeled under the effects of the Boko Haram onslaught. For about two years after assuming office, he refused to visit the states until the APC Governors blazed the trail and left him with no option but to follow suit.”