The Assistant Secretary-General, Christian Association of Nigeria, in the 19 Northern States and Abuja, Rev. Cornelius Fawenu, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to resist calls for the removal of the National Security Adviser, Gen. Andrew Azazi (retd), over his comment on Boko Haram at the Second South-South Economic Summit.
Azazi had blamed the Peoples Democratic Party for the rising activities of the Boko Haram sect, prompting some people, especially from PDP, to call for his removal.
But Fawenu in a text message on Tuesday said Azazi should rather be commended for being forthright and sincere in his opinion.
He said, “The cure to any ailment starts with proper diagnosis and doctors need not to be afraid of telling their patients the causes of their problems. Azazi should therefore be commended and not condemned for his forthrightness. It is the lack of Azazi’s kind of forthrightness, to call a spade a spade, that continues to allow impunity to thrive in the nation. All honest Nigerians should appeal to Jonathan to resist any attempt to remove Azazi on the account of his courage to speak the truth.”
Meanwhile, Occupy Nigeria, Kwara State chapter, has urged the Federal Government to urgently stop the menace of Boko Haram in the northern part of the country.
The group’s Publicity Secretary, Gbadebo Araoye, in a statement on Tuesday also advised Jonathan to ensure that culprits in the subsidy probe and other probes were brought to book.
He stated that the probe of oil subsidy had revealed so much corruption that needed to be addressed. He added that the Jonathan-led government should implement the resolution of the House to earn the respect of Nigerians. Araoye said the pension scam should be treated the same way.
He condemned in its entirety the recent occupation of the Gani Fawehinmi Square in Lagos by security forces.
According to him, the act abridges the freedom of Nigerians to associate and their constitutional right to peaceful assembly and procession.
“The Nigerian state has fallen short of the citizens’ dreams. This is so because of various developments in the nation; among them are the startling revelations about the fuel subsidy probe, pensions scam, social insecurities, extreme impoverishment of the masses and widening gap between the politicians or ruling class and the people,” Araoye said.