Following the high level of insecurity in the country, a renowned political activist, and Coordinator of Niger Delta Peace Coalition (NDPC), Zik Gbemre has called on the Vice President of Nigeria, Kashim Shettima and his Principal, President Bola Tinubu to resign from office.
Gbemre’s call is however, based on the level of Kidnappings making the nation’s highways unsafe for travellers as commuters are kidnapped, taken into the bush and ransom demanded before their release while some are killed even after paying ransom to save their lives.
According to Gbemre, Shettima, during his campaigns assured Nigerians that he would tackle insecurity and bring it to the barest minimum while his principal, President Bola, would restore a stable, productive economy but things have only become worse under their government.
Calling on the leaders to resign, Gbemre said, “Shettima and the entire government he serves as VP should resign from office and let others take over to try new ideas. Shettima, Tinubu or anyone serving the current administration were not elected to tell us problems we already know. They were elected to proffer solutions they boasted they would provide before the elections.
“Is there any Nigerian who doesn’t know corruption is at the heart of the drivers of insecurity in Nigeria? Is there anyone who doesn’t know that corruption is why the Nigerian military cannot fight armed gangs terrorising the entire nation even with effrontery to invade security formations including the NDA to abduct officers unhindered? “Shettima should stop telling Nigerians what they already know.”
Vice President Kashim Shettima has however attributed the root cause of insecurity in the country to corrupt governance by the leaders.
The vice president made the remarks at the 10th Annual Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation lecture and award hosted by Borno State governor, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum in Maiduguri. He was represented by his Special Adviser on political matters, Baba-Ahmed. His remarks elicited reactions from a cross section of Nigerians.
Suggesting solution, Gbemre said to tackle corruption is simple and the Government should Intensify genuine consequence action against corrupt officeholders.
“The solution is to try and punish corrupt officeholders and their collaborators.
“Shetimma and the government he serves have no will to fight corruption. If they have no solution, they should resign.”
Also, Eric Omare, former President of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide said:
“It is correct that the root cause of most of our national problems including illiteracy and poverty in the north is as a result of corruption. However, the current leaders lack the political will to fight corruption.
“The leaders are only interested in grabbing power and enjoying the spoils of office without taking responsibility of fighting corruption. What is required to fight corruption is political will and nothing more.”