By George Onah
Port Harcourtâ€”Worried by the endless wait over the return from Saudi Arabia of President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua, professionals in the Niger Delta have demanded for the immediate impeachment of the ailing president as a necessary basis towards protecting the nationâ€™s fledgling democracy.
Comprising medical doctors, lawyers, journalists, engineers and operating under the aegis of the Charles Webber Collective, the group wants the Federal Executive Council to include the impeachment or resignation option on its agenda in Wednesdayâ€™s (todayâ€™s) deliberations on the health of the president.
Signed, yesterday, by Iniruo Wills, Dokubo Captain-Briggs, Wenenda Kingsley Wali among others, the professionals told the National Assembly to avail him the alternative of resigning his position as the president of the country â€œin line with the advice of his predecessor, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.â€
“We are requesting the FEC to stand up to its national responsibility and immediately pass a resolution, in line with section 144 of the Constitution, declaring Alhaji Yarâ€™Adua incapable of discharging the functions of his office.â€
â€œThey could do this if they promptly transmit this to the President of the Senate, to trigger his appointment of a medical panel under the same section 144, to verify the declaration and thereby effect the automatic removal of the president.
If the Federal Executive Council does not pass the resolution by the 28th of February, 2010,
a clear ninety-seven days since Mr Yar Adua went AWOL (away without official leave), that failure shall be conclusive proof that the present Council is itself incapable of discharging its functions
By so doing the group will go down in history as a motley collection of cowards who cannot do right by their country, with the exception of the likes of Prof. Dora Akunyuli who courageously retraced her steps.
Advising the Acting President, the professionals want him to â€œdissolve the Executive Council of the Federation if it does not pass the section 144 resolution by the 28th of February, 2010, and nominate a fresh set of ministers who can give hope to a country gradually sliding into a coma.
For such deliberate dereliction of duty, the Acting President would be well advised to dissolve the Council by the 1st of March and send names of fresh ministerial nominees to the Senate