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Nigerians should remain calm, says Umeh

*Inform Nigerians about his health status, says CLO

*Jonathan remains Acting President — Nwala

By Dayo Benson

We want to ask Nigerians to remain calm in this situation. I know that one way or the other this issue will be resolved in a manner that our democracy will not be truncated. What is at play now  is power game.

A lot of people will want to use this opportunity to create even further crisis that can threaten the existence of the present democracy in Nigeria. That is why I am calling for calm.

President Yar’Adua was away for 93 days and nobody from Nigeria who traveled to Saudi Arabia had access to him. He came back under an atmosphere shrouded in secrecy again nobody has seen him. But one clear thing is that he is in Nigeria; he is in the presidential villa on whatever condition or whatever situation.

We also heard that the Vice President has not seen him. This is the most disgraceful part of the whole thing that as soon as the President came in whether he is half alive or anything, the first person that should see him in Nigeria would be his vice.

Inform Nigerians about his health status, says CLO

By Innocent Anaba

The Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, yesterday called on the Federal Government to inform the Nigerian people on the true state of President Umaru Yar’Adua’s health status, adding that “Nigerians are too intelligent to be fooled”.

The organisation in a statement by its Executive Director, Mr Ibuchukwu Ezike, in Lagos said, “Nigerians should be told that their President is either dead or incapacitated, allow Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to run the affairs of the state and save the country this international embarrassment and disgrace”.

According to him, “our attention has been drawn to the plot by some disgruntled elements in the country to cause confusion in the land and draw Nigeria into avoidable crisis for their self serving and primordial interests.

All of us have been witnesses to the disgraceful drama going on in the country since ailing President Yar’Adua left Nigeria in total contravention of the provisions of the 1999 constitution he swore an oath of office to respect”.

Jonathan remains Acting President — Nwala

By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA— Pioneer National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Professor Timothy Nwala yesterday said, Vice President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan still remains the Acting President of Nigeria, despite the return of President Umaru Yar’Adua.

He said Yar’Adua needs the consent of the National Assembly to return to office via a letter notifying them of his arrival in the country and fitness to execute the function of his office.

Professor Nwala who made the remarks in Abuja during an interaction session with snewsmen, said the arrival of Yar’Adua in the early hours of Wednesday will not alter the position of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as the Acting President of Nigeria.


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