By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoaâ€”Action Congress (AC) in Bayelsa State yesterday hailed the organisers of the peaceful protest march in Abuja over the continued absence of President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua, saying such protesters should be awarded medals for showing the needed attributes of true democrats and patriots.
Though the party noted that Mr. President was reported to have shown signs of his existence with a radio chat with a foreign media, it said â€œthe protest march put together by the â€˜Save Nigeria Groupâ€™ is an open show of displeasure by Nigerians against the deceit and undemocratic acts of the president and his cohorts in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).â€
State Acting Chairman of the party, Mr. Ebikibina Miriki, said those involved in the protest march have shown the ruling party, members of the National Assembly and the Presidency that they should put a stop to their comic show and save Nigerians from worldwide ridicule.
â€œThe AC hails the peaceful demonstration organized by the Save Nigeria Group, SNG, to register their displeasure against the power vacuum in the country as it relates to the whereabouts of President Yarâ€™Adua,â€ the party said.
â€œIt is shameful, deceitful and unacceptable for the National Assembly members not to know the whereabouts of the president after 50 days and subject the people to ridicule.
â€œIt is shameful and insulting to the sensibility of Nigerians that the presidency could engage in a make-belief of phone calls and radio broadcast from the presidentâ€™s sick bed without providing concrete evidence on the state of health of the president.
â€œIt has further made mockery of the purported re-branding and rule of law embarked upon by the PDP government,â€ the party noted.
It expressed misgivings over what it called the continued violation of the constitution by the ruling party due to the absence of the president.
â€œIt is a sad and pathetic tale capable of throwing the nation into abyss of confusion and break down of law and order,â€ Action Congress warned.