Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola on Tuesday urged President Goodluck Jonathan to publicly denounce the First Lady’s comments she made at a rally in Calabar, which many have described as inflammatory.
The governor gave his perspective on the matter while hosting Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, at the State House, Marina, Lagos, Daily Post reports.
Fashola stated that:
“When some people say if the president did not win an election, this will happen and the president kept quiet, what message is he sending to Nigerians? He is telling us that we are not safe if he doesn’t win. The president must speak up and reassure Nigerians that the country must be safe no matter the outcome of the election. That is his responsibility.
It is not enough to sign a peace accord but to act it. If the president wants to campaign in any state 24 hours, he is allowed but there are things he must publicly dissociate himself from.
He must publicly dissociate himself from his wife’s inciting comments, he must. He must disown them and his leadership will be defined by whether he does it himself or ask his aides to go and say it. When all is said and done, this election will define his tenure for many reasons.”