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Yar’Adua: 150m Nigerians’ interest superior to individual’s, says Odigie-Oyegun

Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN — FIRST civilian  governor of Edo State, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said that those who  against the resignation of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua from office on account of his ill-health do not have the interests of the Nigerians at heart.

He said over 150 million Nigerians want to know how they were being led. He also reacted to the accusation by the 36 states governor and the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, that Nigerians asking that the Constitution be upheld, in the event that the President could no longer function, as enemies of the Constitution.

Oyegun, who spoke in an interview yesterday, said Nigerians could not have expected any thing less from them as they were part of the bureaucracy.

According to him, “there is really nothing one can say about this. But all the people you referred to are all public officials, so they have to say what they have said.

“It has to be expected, nothing short of that. There is no way they could have said any other thing different.
“I think the best thing in this atmosphere is that people are living in the Nile, doing the Ostrich and excessively emotional. We are talking of the life of a nation, not of an individual.

“There is nothing one can say. There is no point at all commenting on what they have said. I am personally glad that the issue is now in the public domain. I am glad that the public is watching, listening to what every body is saying.

“I’m glad of the selfishness that pervades in most of the comments and the emotion that pervades in most of the comments; the public are also taking notes of them. The realities are there.”
the realities is that for over two years, beginning from the Presidential campaign, we were told that our president has kidney problem, renal problem.

“He has been in and out of hospital; the issue of his health, for two years has been of public concern”.

“ The problems of the nation, meanwhile, have not been attended to.

“So, thereafter, kites started flowing, intense rumour that the Vice-President must be pressurize to resign, intense statements that the North will not give up the Presidency for one day if our President is unable to continue in office as a result of his ill-health.

“These were kites being flown. Points men were issuing all these statements and all that. It became necessary for them not to be ignored. I am aware that the vice-president has strongly denied that there is no pressure on him for him to resign.

“He has also said that he has not been forced to sign undated letter for him to resign. He is the vice-president, so we don’t expect him to say any other thing other than what he has said”

He said that the interest of 150 million Nigerian supersede that of an individual or sectional interests, saying he was glad to keep company with the 150 million Nigerians.


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