SHOWDOWN: Jonathan’s RESIGNATION demanded by Buhari’s deputy Tunde Bakare, Save Nigeria Group, others at Lagos rally
USAfrica, Houston, Lagos and Abuja: Pastor Tunde Bakare, retired Gen. Buhari’s Vice Presidential
running mate in the 2010 elections and convener of the Save Nigeria Group said in Lagos today, January 11, 2012: “In every nation, the sovereignty belongs to the people of the nation. You gave power to Jonathan. He has opened his mouth to say that there is Boko Haram in his bedroom and in his government. He is telling us that he cannot even protect himself…. Any government that lacks competence; any government that is corrupt cannot lead this country. On behalf of the people of Nigeria, we fire Jonathan from office. Jonathan you are fired! I serve quit notice on Jonathan on behalf of the people of this country.”
He specifically charged the government with the label of incompetence, lacking the will to fight corruption and refusing to listen to the demands of Nigerians to cancel President Jonathan’s decision to withdraw the few;-petroleum subsidy.
Among those who joined the fiery Bakare at the rally held at Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota, Lagos, were activist/musician Femi Kuti, attorney Femi Falana, 2010 presidential aspirant Dr. Chris Nwokobia,
Oduduwa (O’odua) People’s Congress leader Dr. Fredrick Fasheun, activist musician Eedris Abdukareem, Nollywood star Desmond Elliot, Nigerian pop artistes Olu Maintain and Mr. Raw Nwanne, some leaders of the Occupy Nigeria movement and youths.
Femi Falana pointed to the arguments by Jonathan’s government comparing the high cost of fuel in neighboring non-oil producing countries to Nigeria’s rate as part of their justification for withdrawing subsidy. “They have told us that Chad is selling petrol at N205 per litre. That means they are not going to stop at N141. They are still going to N205. Nigerians have to exercise their power to reject the removal of fuel subsidy. Nigeria is the only country which has oil in the world and sells petroleum products at international price.”
USAfrica news index (December 11, 2011 to January 11, 2012) show that the multiple and increasingly complicating issues of nationwide strikes, high fuel prices, inflation and religious conflicts driven by the recent killings of christians and southerners in many parts of the northern region of Nigeria have left negative views against President Jonathan and the direction of the country of almost 160 million people.
USAfrica, December 17, 2011: IF any of the Nigerian President’s 100 advisers has the polite courage for the extraordinary task of reminding His Excellency of his foremost, sworn, constitutional obligation to the national interest about security and safety of Nigerians and all who sojourn in Nigeria, please whisper clearly to Mr. President that I said, respectfully: Nigerians, at home and abroad, are still concerned and afraid for living in what I call Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. FULL text of commentary at USAfricaonline.com http://usafricaonline.com/2011/12/17/nigeria-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/
USAfrica: Nigeria Christmas day bomb blasts, killings open door to deal with key problems. By Dr. Victor Ide-Okoye
Related insight: USAfrica’s October 17, 2001 special report/alert: Nigeria’s bin-Laden cheerleaders could ignite religious war, destabilize Africa. By USAfrica’s Publisher Chido Nwangwu. http://usafricaonline.com/chido.binladennigeria.html
310 killed by Nigeria’s ‘talibans’ in Bauchi, Yobe n Maiduguri; crises escalate. USAfricaonline.com on July 28, 2009. www.usafricaonline.com/chido.ngrtalibans09.html
News archives related to Jos, here http://usafricaonline.com/?s=jos
USAfrica: As Egypt’s corrupter-in-chief Mubarak slides into history’s dustbin. By Chido Nwangwu. http://usafricaonline.com/2011/01/30/chido-nwangwu-as-egypt-corrupter-in-chief-mubarak-slides-into-historys-dustbin-egyptians-not-waiting-for-obama-and-united-nations/