The Action Congress, AC,Â has warned individuals and groups against sectionalising or trivialising the leadership crisis currently facing Nigeria, arguing that the issues arising from the crisis are national which must be resolved through constitutional means.
In a statement issued in Lagos, yesterday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said all concerned must bear in mind the fact thatÂ Acting President Goodluck Jonathan is occupying that position for all Nigerians, not for the South-Southerners, the Ijaw or Christians.
â€œWe, therefore, strongly advise sectional groups and religious leaders against making statements that can be misconstrued as playing the sectional/tribal/religious card, and avoid the situation that occurred over the June 12, 1993 presidential election which was almost turned into a South-West issue,â€™â€™ it said.
AC said as things stand, there are two scenarios facing the nation: â€˜â€™The first is the possibility that President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua is unconscious and does not know what is going on around him, in which case he has become incapacitated. While no one can blame him (on the condition that he is incapacitated) for the missteps of the cabal holding him hostage, Section 144 of the Constitution must in that case be invoked.
â€œThe second scenario, which is highly unlikely, is that President Yarâ€™Adua is fully conscious and aware of the confusion in the polity, caused by his ailment. This will constitute gross misconduct and he should, therefore, be impeached in line with Section 143 of the Constitution.
Meanwhile, AC has queried the source of the statements that have been issued by presidential spokesman, Mr.Â Segun Adeniyi, wondering who indeed, is giving orders to him.
AC also re-issued its earlier poser, asking who ordered the deployment of troops for Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s return without the knowledge of the Acting President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan?