Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has asked President Bola Tinubu to resign if he cannot tackle the country’s security situation, particularly the recurrent kidnappings across the nation.
Atiku said in the face of the current security challenges Nigeria was experiencing, Tinubu would abandon the country for a private visit to France.
Tinubu left the country on Wednesday last week on a private visit to France, and would return in the first week of February, according to his spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale.
The former vice president said despite rising cases of insecurity, the President could muster the courage to leave the country and proceeded on a private visit to France.
The former Vice president who contested the presidential election on the platform of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023 but lost to Tinubu, said the country needs an active leader to confront insecurity not need another “Tourist-in-Chief”.
“Tinubu is playing fiddle while Nigeria is drowning in the ocean of insecurity. To imagine that the Commander-in-Chief is on a so-called private visit while kidnappers kill a nursing mother and grandmother in Abuja for failing to pay N90m ransom and two monarchs in Ekiti, among other regular tragedies besetting Nigerians.
“If the shoes are too big for Emilokan, he should step aside. Nigeria does not need another Tourist-in-Chief. The country needs 24/7 leadership to confront the pervasive insecurity and collapsing economy,” Atiku said in a post on his X account on Tuesday.
When Tinubu left for France, the chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, Philip Aivoji was kidnapped 24 hours later, three riot police inspectors were kidnapped last Friday evening in the Ohoror community, off the East-West Road, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, while gunmen, on Saturday, kidnapped the Oyo State Chairman, of the Tipper, Lorry, and Quarry Park Management System, Alhaji Akeem Akintola.
Similarly, on Saturday, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Abia State University, Uturu, Prof Godwin Emezue, was abducted from a petrol station at Umuekwule, Amachara, a community in the Umuahia South Local Government Area of the state.
Also, gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Monday killed two Ekiti State monarchs on the Ipao-Oke Ako Road.