By GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
GOMBE State governor, Alhaji Danjuma Goje, declared yesterday at Okada, near Benin that those asking President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua to resign from office on grounds of ill-health were doing so with a view to gainingÂ power through the backÂ door. His Edo State counterpart, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, joined the call, appealing to
Nigerians for prayers for the ailing president.
Speaking at the convocation ceremony of Igbinedion University, Okada where he was awarded honourary degree in public administration, Goje said, â€œIf democracy is to be sustained, we should not be sentimental. We should pray to God to speedily give good health to Yar ‘Adua. We should join other Nigerians to pray for Mr. President. Anything that will bring instability is unpatriotic. God who gives life and everything will save us.â€
On his part, Oshiomhole calledÂ for prayers for Yar ‘Adua. â€œAll of us have the duty to pray for our president Yar’ Adua has make contributions to ensuring the peace and stability of this country at very difficult times.
I do not belong to the same umbrella with him but we belong to the same country. Yar’ Adua is an asset to this country. He is a statesmanâ€, the Edo governor said.
Earlier in his welcome address read on his behalf by the deputy vice-chancellor of the university, Prof.Tonye Grace Okorie, chancellor of the University, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, stressed the need forÂ mutual cooperation between the school and the home front for a holistic moral upbringing of children.