…says they should not overheat polity

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA—A group, under the aegis of National Alliance for Credible Leadership, NACL, has called on Northern leaders not to over heat the polity by calling for the resignation of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The group also urged them to concentrate on how to unite Nigeria rather than engage in what they described as inflammatory statements over last week’s bomb explosions in the nation’s capital city.

Addressing newsmen, the National Coordinator of the group, Mallam Lawal Daku, noted that what the country needed from these statesmen was cooperation and not call for the president’s resignation, adding that his resignation will not solve any problem.

“Rather, it will push us to the dark days,” said the group, even as it called on Nigerians to ignore the threat.

According to Daku, there is need for calm to allow for thorough and unbiased investigations into the attacks.

The group added that it did not intend to absolve the nation’s security agencies of “laxity” before the attacks, but that such dastardly acts had occurred in many places that were, hitherto, considered untouchable in the past.

Daku, who noted that Adamu Ciroma was quoted to have said, ‘President Jonathan’s desperation to be president again in 2011 can only take Nigeria back to the dark days,’ wondered what he was talking about.

He said: “This is a man who has never canvassed for any vote in his entire life but God in his infinite wisdom continues to elevate him.

“Why are people like Ciroma against God’s wish? And talking of dark days, if people like Ciroma who had ample opportunity of affecting positively the lives of Nigerians when they were in power put the interest of the masses before their own, we will not be where we are today.

“It is in this light that we are baffled at the inflammatory comments of supposed statesmen like Alhaji Adamu Ciroma and Senator Kanti Bello. We are making this clarion call to them not to start fanning the embers of war.

“Instead of joining hands in looking for the culprits and behave like statesmen they claimed to be, they are busy beating the war drums.

“We call on all Nigerians, particularly the National Assembly, and other well meaning Nigerians to ignore the call of Ciroma and Kanti Bello to arms. It is a desperate call of a small clique who is desperate to hold on to the last straw of political survival.

“Forgetting that this Nigeria of 2010 has finally come of age where we are now bold enough to tell all those who have trampled on our collective rights for so long that enough is enough!”

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