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Ex-militants warn against undermining of Constitution

By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN — SOUTH-SOUTH and ex-militant leaders in the Niger Delta have warned against taking actions that would undermine the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the event that President Umaru Yar’Adua was unable to carry out his duties as president of the country.

Though the leaders urged all churches in the region to pray fervently for the speedy recovery of the President, they condemned alleged attempts by some powerful elements in the country to intimidate Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan into resigning his position, stressing that the constitu-tion fully stated how peaceful succession could be achieved.

The leaders, who spoke after at a meeting scheduled to discuss the health of the President and state of the nation was aborted in Lagos due to alleged security report, added that such an attempt would be considered a coup against the Constitu-tion, and warned that Niger Delta freedom fighters would resist it.

Although the meeting was cancelled, a source at the meeting told Vanguard that the leaders resolved to resist attempts to undermine the provisions of the constitution as regards succession.

Some of the leaders at the cancelled meeting include the Ijaw leader, Chief E.K Clark, Alabo Graham Douglas, T.K.Ogoriba,Chief Richard Lamai, President of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Dr Chris Ekiyor, Kingsley Kuku, Anne Kio, Wilson Ajunwa, Chief Richard Lamai and others.

The ex-militant leaders present were Ateke Tom, General.Boyloaf, representatives of Government Ekpemupolo a.k.a, Tompolo and other ex-militant leaders.

According to a source, “though the meeting was cancelled due to some leakages somewhere, but all the ex-militant leaders were in Lagos for the meeting but they had to go back when they learnt it had been cancelled.

“But the leaders urged all churches in the South-South to commence serious prayers for the President. President Yar’Adua is the only president that has shown serious commitment to the Niger Delta problem, so we always pray for him and wish him quick recovery.

“As we fervently pray for our president, we also condemn all elements spreading rumours that the vice president is being forced to resign as the constitution is very clear on presidential succession. Anything outside the constitution and due process would be considered a coup, as the era of military coup is now becoming alien worldwide.

“Such act will be resisted by all democratic Nigerians, especially the freedom fighters from the Niger Delta.”


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