President Goodluck Jonathan has been warned to ‘tighten his seat belt’ in the New Year, or honourably resign his position and vacate the Aso Villa.
This warning was handed to the president by Chairman of the South- East chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and the Anglican Bishop of Enugu, Rt. Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, in a New Year message released on Tuesday.
The cleric admonished President Jonathan to rise to the challenges facing his administration especially the alleged cases of corruption in the polity, unemployment and epileptic power supply.
The cleric warned that if Jonathan fails to live up to expectation, he should prepare to vacate the Aso Rock presidential villa in 2015.
Bishop Chukwuma, who noted that doom awaits the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the New Year, warned that unless the likes of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Board of Trustees chairman, Chief Tony Anenih and National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur retire from active politics, the party would continue to pass through greater calamities.
“If those elders I warned before to retire don’t retire, then the party will be in trouble in 2014. At 80, Anenih should retire; Bamangar Tukur should retire.
“These people should now serve as elders and advisers; if they do that, PDP will get its dignity back, but while you still have these analogue leaders and elders in the party and the polity, forget about PDP in 2015”, he warned.
Chukwuma called on President Jonathan to remain focused in the New Year to avoid incurring the wrath of majority of Nigerians, noting that since the buck stops at his table, all blames of every failure in his government would be completely laid at his doorstep.
According to the cleric, “The letter between [Olusegun] Obasanjo and Jonathan is a boomerang of Obasanjo’s selfish act in enthroning a president of his choice for Nigeria.
“There are many better leaders out there than Jonathan, who would have been elected, but Obasanjo selfishly maneuvered Jonathan into leadership by first putting a sick [Umar] Yar’Adua in power. Because he couldn’t control him anymore, he started writing letters.
“That is why Jonathan must be focused in 2014 in order to prove himself worthy for 2015.
“Failure to do that and he gets distracted and doesn’t prove himself, and Nigeria continues with the way it is today with corruption, no light, poverty, unemployment, I beg him, he should just step aside, let us seek for a better leader in 2015.
“He has tried in the last six years, and rather than the thing getting him into trouble, and cause him more tension, I think Nigeria is greater than everybody, all of them should give way and give room for new spirit to rule Nigeria from 2015”, he said.
Chukwuma, however, enjoined the citizenry to be more faithful to God by pursuing peace and righteousness.
“We should all work dedicatedly for the unity and peace of this nation as we celebrate our country. Any attempt by anybody to fuel violence or confusion will call for the review of our amalgamation”, he added.