Resignation: Jonathan's Group Berates Northern Political Leaders Forum

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ABUJA, Oct 07, (THEWILL) - Following calls from the Northern Political Leaders Forum that President Goodluck Jonathan should resign over the Independence Day bomb explosions in Abuja, one of the support groups, Goodluck-Namadi Global Group 2011 has berated Mallam Adamu Ciroma and his group describing their call as divisive and unpatriotic.

Chairman of the group, Mr. Alaboso Joejim who made their feelings known in a press briefing in Abuja today said they were ‘gravely saddened by the gory and highly embarrassing incident targeted at portraying Nigeria as a nation that grooms terrorists, hooligans and deviants.’

He said the group viewed the intent and motive of the perpetrators of the act as ‘wicked, divisive and unpatriotic’ with the sole aim of denigrating the image of the government on an issue they had failed to show grief against and condemn in totality.

According to Joejim: "It is against this background that we condemn the recent statements credited to the Chairman of Northern Political Leaders Forum, Mallam Adamu Ciroma calling on President Jonathan to resign from the divine role he has been playing as the leader of Nigeria.

"Ciroma went ahead to urge the National Assembly to initiate the process of impeachment of President Jonathan in the event of his failure to heed the call on him to resign at this crucial time when Nigeria is at the verge of transiting into another phase of our democracy.

"To us, the call for resignation of President Jonathan is crass, utterly uncalled for and basically sensational. It was a regrettable attempt to heat up the polity at the expense of peace loving Nigerians whose hope on stability of democracy has been looking up consistently," Joejim said.

The chairman of the group noted that they "found it unbelievable that Mallam Ciroma who for ages had played prominent roles in pursuance of peace, progress and stability of the country, as former minister, former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and as an elder statesman could make such a call on President Jonathan."

While regretting the damage caused by the bomb explosion to the victims and the nation at large, Joejim explained that the occurrence which put Nigeria on the spot at a time the attention of the rest of the world was focused on the country with not less than 30 world leaders in attendance at Eagle Square was misdirected and should be condemned by all.

He said the group frowns at the antics of the ‘rabble-rousers and terrorists’ and condoled with victims of the dastard incident.

"We condole with all the victims of the bomb blast, their families, friends and acquaintances as we seek the face of Almighty God to repose the souls of the departed and to grant those currently nursing injuries they sustained during the bomb blasts the grace of quick recovery in different hospitals where they are being attended to."

They urge law enforcement agencies in the country to do all in their capacity to bring all the masterminds of the bomb blasts to book advising the National Assembly to enact laws aimed at further strengthening national security.