By Ola Ajayi
The retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Kayode Eso, has advised ailing President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua that he should save the nation from plunging into constitutional crisis by adhering strictly to the provisions of the 1999 constitution.
This came as the Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, Justice Emmanuel Ayoola, called for restraint over comments made by Nigerians on the crisis.
Defending the president, Justice Ayoola said Nigerians should understand that the president was a law abiding president.
But Justice Eso said it would be wise for the president and those sympathetic to him to toe the path of honour and stop taking the country for a ride.
According to the retired justice, the continued absence of the president without notifying the relevant authority was an insult on Nigerians.
The revered legal icon was speaking with newsmen at the annual water and sanitation lecture in honour of Engr. Benjamin Adeyemi in Ibadan, yesterday.
Professor M. Sridhar spoke on a lecture entitled, â€œWastes, Climate Change and the Adaptation Strategies (A Nigerian Scenario),â€ as part of the celebration of Pa Adeyemiâ€™s 80th birthday.
He said, â€œpeople are just not following what the constitution says. Constitution is made for reasonable people. As soon as the president was going away, he should have notified the authority. All the hullabaloo is just insulting the people. We are just being taken for a ride and it must stop.â€
Eso commends Senate
Justice Eso (rtd) applauded the recent request of the Senate that the president should send his vacation letter to it.
He added that by the pronouncement of the Upper Chamber, it was an indication that they had risen to their responsibility.
On the pending electoral petitions when another election is fast approaching, he described the scenario as disgraceful.
To him, any petition after six months is useless, adding that the issue was an indication that â€œwe are deceiving ourselves in this country and the painful fact is that we all know that we are deceiving ourselves. This has to stop.â€