While discussing the deteriorating security situation in parts of the country on the floor of the Senate recently, the Minority Leader, Eyinnaya Abaribe, had called on the President to resign if he could not guarantee security.
The National Assembly, some individuals and groups have also called on the President to sack his service chiefs.
But the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, told reporters in Abuja the government believed in the ability of the nation’s security agencies to tackle the challenges.
He said Buhari would not resign because he had the mandate of Nigerians to preside over the affairs of the country till 2023.
“To those asking Mr President to resign, I wish to say this: Mr President will not resign. He has the overwhelming mandate of Nigerians to preside over the affairs of the country till the expiration of his tenure in May 2023,” he declared.
The minister urged political and religious leaders to be very careful not to aggravate the security situation with “incendiary and reckless comments,” saying they should be part of solutions to problems, rather than aggravating situations.
Mohammed also raised concerns over what he called a spike in the dissemination of fake news in recent times.
While he urged Nigerians to be circumspect in believing or circulating fake news, the minister said the government would go ahead with its plan to sanitise the social media.
“By March 2, 2020, we will inaugurate the stakeholders’ committee that will deliberate and recommend the way forward.
“We are also planning a major international conference that will bring together the tech companies, media practitioners, policymakers and others as part of efforts to tackle this growing cankerworm.
“Last week, I met with the representatives of Google and Facebook for the same purpose. The situation is dire and no nation that values its peace, security and stability will allow an irresponsible use of the social media,” he said.
Mohammed also called on the Amnesty International to stop attacking the nation’s military men and casting them as “the bad guys” while they prosecute the war against terrorists.