“It will be a bad precedence for a president to leave office because we are demanding his removal. We cannot override the National Assembly to remove him, [even] if the people think he deserves to be removed”.
Founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Dr Frederick Fasehun has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to disregard calls by certain Nigerians and the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, that he should resign from office.
Making the call in Lagos on Tuesday, Dr Fasehun said only a fool would play the ethno-religious card in contemporary Nigerian politics, adding that “religion has no place in Nigerian politics or government.”
He regretted the nonchalant attitude of some Nigerians to the security problems in the northern part of the country, lamenting that “nobody seems genuinely committed to the unity of Nigeria, which is very worrisome.”
According to him, the lack of respect for the country percolated the entire system, while he urged Nigerians to review their contributions to the current situation in the country, so as to pull it back from the brink.
“No country has ever survived two civil wars. We have experienced one. Another civil war will be Nigeria’s Armageddon,” he said.
Fasehun said the only panacea available for the restructuring, reforming, redesigning and transforming the nation was a sovereign national conference.
“We have been calling for a sovereign national conference to solve our national question. If we don’t sit down together to negotiate our future, Nigeria will implode and pass into history,” the OPC founder added.
Independent report from olu