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Make Jonathan Ag president, says Muslim cleric

By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT-HARCOURT — A Muslim leader in Rivers State, Dr. Abdulrazag Kilani, has urged President Umaru Yar’Adua to transfer power temporarily to his vice, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, until such a time he was strong enough to assume responsi-bilities as president.

The Islamic leader-cum-scholar, who spoke in Port- Harcourt, said steps should be taken to avoid a vacuum in governance because of its impact on the nation and its people.

President Yar’Adua, who had been hospitalised in Saudi Arabia for the past 64  days now, did not transfer power to his vice, an action that has continued to generate reactions.

Lawyers, such as Femi Falana, Bamidele Aturu and others, have gone to court to challenge the action of the President, arguing that it violated the principles of constitutional democracy.

Dr. Kilani, in his address to the media on the issue, passionately enjoined President Yar’Adua to act in the interest of the common man by transmitting power to Jonathan, stressing that he could always come back to assume duties whenever he was strong enough.
Condemns Jos crisis

On the recent clash in Jos that resulted in the loss of  lives, the Islamic leader said it was condemnable.

According to him, “we need a leader to resolve the issue of crisis between indigenes and settlers from our national life.
“If indeed we are a true federal state, then citizens must be free to live in any part of the federation without hindrance, having respect for one another’s religious beliefs.

“We need a leader that will check the partisanship and stop the fuelling of ethno-political war to satisfy selfish aims. Only God knows what they gain from this wanton loss of lives and properties.”


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