APC chieftain, Timi Frank has written an Open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari advising him to stop the recent spate of killings in the country or resign.
The letter has been made available to PoliticsNGR. Read it below;
Mr. President, the ongoing killings across the nation continue to shock Nigerians. The fact that no tangible step is being taken by your administration to effectively stop the killings appalls the world. How do we wish away hundreds of Nigerian lives being gruesomely murdered in this country and the colossal destruction of property on a daily basis without no tangible counter strategy on the side of your government to stop the killings and bring the perpetrators to answer for their crimes against humanity? How do we continue to witness genocide and yet nothing appears to being done to safeguard the people?
The entire North Central has become a killing field with the lives of Nigerians being lackadaisically wasted without the security forces accepting the challenge to stop what now amounts to ethnic cleansing. Nigerians have continued to die in their hundreds despite yearly increases in defence and security budgets and other extra budgetary allocations, the recent being $1billion withdrawn from the excess crude account by this administration. Notwithstanding, the security agencies have failed to protect Nigerians while it does appear that the more huge money is expended on security, the more deaths we procure.
Mr. President, may I remind you that one major plank of your electioneering campaign was the promise to personally lead Nigerian troops to dislodge and destroy Boko Haram and restore full security to all parts of the country. Regrettably, Nigerians have not seen you do that in the last three years. However, the increasing ferocious mass murder being carried out by Fulani herdsmen has made the Boko Haram insurgency seems like a child’s play. May I remind you that in Washington D.C you told President Donald Trump that the merciless killers were trained by Moumar Gadafi of Libya? In another breadth, your Minister of Defence, said the killings can only stop when the open grazing laws enacted in Benue and Taraba states are repealed. Tell me, is there any open grazing law in Plateau and Zamfara States? Besides, you have refused to declare the killer Fulani herdsmen as a terrorist organization because of your soft spot for them, which is contrary to the haste with which the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) – a group of agitators that never engaged in any bloodshed – was branded a terrorist organization and outlawed.
Mr. President, the time has come for you to stop the wanton killings spreading like the Ebola disease across the country or immediately resign your position alongside all the Service Chiefs. You need to urgently resign over failure to stop the ongoing pogrom and killing of innocent Nigerians by Fulani herdsmen. Am calling on you to resign because you have abysmally failed to discharge your primary function which is to use the instrumentality of government in your possession to defend the country and provide security and welfare for the people. This I strongly believe will pave way for a new leadership that would value and protect the priceless souls Nigerians. Any talk of you being reelected as President must stop now because there must first be a country to require a President.
Mr. President, permit me to use this opportunity to call on all patriotic Nigerians not to fold their arms and allow these senseless killings to escalate further. We cannot afford to wait and watch helplessly as innocent Nigerian lives are being wasted by these murderous terrorists, operating as herdsmen. The time to rise up to defend our country and our people, by speaking up, is now! The ongoing pogrom in Plateau, Taraba, Benue, Kogi, Zamfara, Adamawa, Kaduna and other states must stop! Nigerians must demand for a new leadership that can guarantee their safety and welfare. Clearly, the present administration has failed in its responsibilities to protect the people. This deadly criminal gang that is killing, maiming and cutting short the lives of our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and children must be stopped now, otherwise, Nigeria may soon stop to exist as a country.
It is equally sad and Nigerians are crying that our country is be being soaked with blood. One-third of the killings that have taken place under this administration did not happen under the last administration when all Nigerians rose up and hit the ground running, calling for President Goodluck Jonathan’s exit. This is not the time to keep silent, otherwise posterity will judge all of us very harshly. Once again, I call on all Nigerians and Civil Society Organizations to be ready to hit the ground running in the mission to salvage Nigeria from this administration. It is high time the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers (NUPENG), Petroleum and Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and all well meaning Nigerians, wake up and defend the people because we don’t have any other country we can call our own.