By Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”GOVERNOR Theodore Orji of Abia State has condemned the calls by some Nigerians for ailing President Yarâ€™Adua to resign.
Governor Orji rather urged all Nigerians to pray for the quick recovery and return to the country of the president.
Orji called on churches and mosques in the state to intensify their prayers for the recovery of the president to enable him discharge his functions.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kingsley Emereuwa, the governor was quoted as saying that â€œall that well meaning Nigerians should ask of now is for the quick recovery of the president and not to call for his resignation.
â€œThere is absolutely no basis for such calls as nothing has indicated that our president is unable to continue in officeâ€.
The governor condemned calls for the president to resign his office on account of his ill health and argued that every aspect of government activity was being conducted well, despite the presidentâ€™s absence.
Noting that President Yarâ€™Adua has made immense contributions to the growth and sustenance of democracy in the country, Governor Orji commended the National Assembly and Federal Executive Council as well as the Governorâ€™s Forum for rising up to douse the tension with their dismissal of the unreasonable call for invocation of section 144 of the 1999 Constitution.
â€œThe unequivocal position of the Federal Executive Council that there is no basis for the invocation of the provisions of section 144 of the constitution is welcome.
â€œThe president has not been found incapable of discharging his functions.Â I also align myself with the Governors’ Forum, of which l am a member, as well as the position of the National Assembly,â€ the governor said.
Orji cautioned Nigerians to desist from trivializing a matter as delicate as oneâ€™s health, adding that it was uncharitable to call on the president to resign now that he was facing a challenging situation.
â€œIt is rather disheartening that instead of praying for the recovery of Mr President, some people decided to make issues out of his health condition as if they themselves are immune to sickness.Â This is very unfair if we must say the truth,â€ Governor Orji said.