By Daniel Idonor
IN SPITE of the on-going power play and high level intrigues in Aso Rock, Acting President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, continued his functions as Nigeriaâ€™s Chief Executive Officer, when he hosted a closed-door meeting with the military junta in Niger Republic, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS.
Receiving the six-man delegation to Nigeria at the meeting, Jonathan advised the junta to quickly begin the process of entrenching democratic government in that country withoutÂ delay; insisting that it either democracy or nothing else.
Jonathan’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Ima Niboro, said: â€œthe message the President passed to them is very clear that they must have a very short transition programme and conduct election as soon as possible. And, that is the only way they can work their name in gold and considered as heroes.
â€œThey came to brief the Acting President on the situation in Niger. What concerns us is the message that the Acting President passed to them, he was very clear that they must have a very short transition and conduct elections as soon as possible.â€
The Acting President pointedly told them that, â€œthat is the only way they can write their names in gold and be considered as heroes. He cited General Abubakar Abdulsalam who conducted the shortest transition programme in Nigeria.â€
He affirmed that â€œNigeria is concerned about the situation in Niger, because anything that happens there impacts our country,Â especially the northern part. Nigeria is concerned and determined to make sure that things get back to normalcy as soon as possible.â€
Explaining their position,Â Mossi Hasaan, a colonel and leader of the six-man delegation,Â said:Â â€œour mission in Nigeria is to explain to the president of Nigeria the reason for the emergence of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy.He noted, â€œCouncil came here because there is a real problem in Niger.
We have to tackle the problem and reconcile the people and finally have to restore democracy in the country. We have appointed the Prime Minister; he will set the cabinet that will do the job and they will determine how long we will stay.â€