The war of words between the Federal Government and the All Progressives Congress, APC over calls by the latter that President Goodluck Jonathan should resign due to activities of insurgents in some parts of the country has continued unabated.
The Presidency had responded during the week through Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, that no President resigns in the middle of a war. It also went on to call the APC a bunch of anarchists but in its response the APC said the Presidency must go back to the classroom for refresher courses in history because a President once resigned in the middle of a war.
APC's National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said in a statement in Abuja that a former British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, resigned from office on 10 May, 1940 after Adolf Hitler forced the allies to retreat from Norway, thus changing the course of World War II. The APC statement read, “According to available information, Chamberlain led Britain through the first eight months of World War II but had to resign after the allies were forced to retreat from Norway, because of his belief that a government supported by all parties was essential for the unity needed to defeat Adolf Hitler. “The resignation paved the way for Winston Churchill who later became the hero of the War. “APC therefore said the call by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on President Goodluck Jonathan to resign in view of the widespread insecurity in the land and the fact that some parts of Nigeria are now under occupation by terrorists is neither extraordinary nor unprecedented. ‘’The call by one of our leaders is about taking responsibility. President Jonathan is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “If under his watch Nigerian territories are being annexed progressively by insurgents, and all that he has demonstrated so far is sheer cluelessness and incompetence, it is time for him to take responsibility and quit in the national interest, to pave the way for a leader who can lead the country to victory.’’
The party added that the blame game and name calling by the Presidency targeted at the opposition constituted is a mere distraction.