Tinubu blasts Jonathan over rifle comment

Bola Ahmed Tinubu

National leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu has told President Goodluck Jonathan to resign for being ignorant of the state of Nigerian armoury.

Tinubu was reacting to the remarks credited to the president that Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, APC’s Presidential candidate, did not buy a single rifle during his military rule.

“If 30 years ago our armoury was well equipped, we don’t need to buy more rifles,” Tinubu said at the flag-off of Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal’s gubernatorial campaign in Sokoto.

“If a man does not know the history of his office and the import ance and responsibility of his office, let him quit.”

The APC leader also said: “Jonathan has forgotten that Nigeria was actively involved in three wars almost simultaneously. In Liberia we fought gallantly, in Sierra Leone, we fought gallantly and in Chad we fought gallantly and when there was Maitatsine Buhari fought it gallantly, we will bring him back and fight Boko Haram for us.”

He said if the President needed only one single rifle to bring peace and win the fight against Boko Haram, then he should reverse the nation’s budget and remove the trillions that he budgeted for defence.

Also commenting on remarks made by Jonathan that his generation had failed, Tinubu stated that “it is the personal failure of the president not the failure of our generation.”

The former Lagos governor described APC as the cure to the disease ravaging the country adding that the party was waxing stronger by the day.

In his goodwill message, the Governor of Edo state, Adams Oshomole, described Speaker Tambuwal as a dependable goal keeper who had saved Nigerians by rejecting the ill-prepared bills of the PDP government.

In his remarks, Governor of Kwara state Abdulfatah Ahmed said the country was in dire need of change in view of the falling value of the Naira against major currencies as well as the prevailing insecurity in the country.

“The country needs change and APC is determined to bring that desired change,” he said.

Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko in his comment said he  reliably gathered that members of the PDP were busy buying voters cards from the people with a view to rigging election. He called on the electorate not to sell their cards as these gave them the only power to bring about change in the country.

He expressed appreciation to the people of the state for their continouos support to his government and urged them to extend same to Tambuwal if elected the next Governor of the state.

The former Governors of Kebbi and Zamfara states, Alhaji Adamu Aliero and Senator Ahmed Sani Yeriman respectively also called on the electorate not only to vote but to ensure their votes were protected.

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