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•Says no need for him to finish his term
•Elder statesman, Prof. Banji Akintoye
Elder statesman, Prof. Banji Akintoye
A second republic
senator has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately resign from
office and not wait until the coming general elections.

Professor Banji Akintoye made the call on Wednesday during his appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
The
former associate of late Obafemi Awolowo believes the President does
not have the ability to manage the country’s economy, saying he would
advise him to quit his job if he had the opportunity to meet him.
He
noted that Nigeria has been evaluated as one of the countries with the
highest rate of poverty, as well as one of the nations where citizens
have the least access to basic amenities.
“This
president does not seem to know or understand Nigeria, does not seem to
care about the suffering of people, and has no clue at all about
managing the economy,” said Professor Akintoye.

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“If
I were to stand in from of him, as a fellow citizen who belongs to my
generation, I would say ‘brother, you can’t do this job’.
“I
will say to him, ‘my dear brother you cannot do this job; you have no
idea (of) how to do it. Our country is perishing under you, I would
advise that you resign (and) not even talk about standing election in
2019’. I think he should resign right now,” he added.
The
elder statesman made the comments amid controversy and war of words
that have accompanied a statement issued by former President Olusegun
Obasanjo on Tuesday.
Obasanjo
had in the 13-page statement, advised President Buhari not to seek
re-election and called for a new movement to salvage Nigeria from its
challenges.
He
also said the Buhari government has failed the people, especially in
one of the areas it pitched as its ‘key point of action’ when it assumed
office in 2015 – the fight against corruption.
Asked
whether the claims made by the former President were true, Professor
Banji said, “I think so; that’s another matter over which I agree with
former President Obasanjo.”
The
historian further criticised the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)
as a ‘disintegrated’ party and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a
one that is encouraging ‘corruption’.

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He
also faulted the Senate and called on Nigerians to ensure they elect
lawmakers who would lead the country on the path of restructuring and
ensure adequate security of lives and property.
“APC
is not a party, it’s just a contraption that was brought together to
produce Buhari as president,” the second republic senator said.
“After
that, it (the party) disintegrated. Buhari is not using APC as a factor
in a government.”
“PDP
has so mismanaged our lives in the past and has such a hideous record
of corruption; to think that Nigerians will after one term vote for a
party like PDP is egregious. No, it cannot happen – what should happen
is what former President Obasanjo is suggesting.
“Nigerians
need to get together, put themselves together, and find a way to elect a
totally different Senate in 2019 that will lead Nigeria – one, to
restructure the country so that we can release all the tensions and two,
to bring security into the land. We need to have security in our land,”
he added. (Channels TV)

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