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Northern elders want Jonathan to implement post-amnesty deal

By Ben Agande
The Northern Elders’ Assembly, Tuesday, asked Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to implement the post-amnesty programme initiated by President Umaru Yar’Adua to sustain the peace in the Niger Delta region.

In a statement issued at the end of its meeting in Abuja, the group deplored what it called the ‘over-politicisation of the ill-health of the president and the resolution of the National Assembly asking the vice president to act as president, saying the action was ”unnecessary and unconstitutional.”

Yesterday’s meeting was chaired by Alhaji Inuwa Wada and was attended by some prominent Northern leaders including Alhaji Abubakar Rimi, a former governor of old Kano State; former Senator Joseph Waku, ex-minister of Power and Steel, Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu and ex-Presidential aspirant,  Alhaji Lema Jibrilu, and others.

According to the group, ”the assembly abhors the furore the issue of acting presidency generated as it is quite logical that the vice-president, who was elected on a joint ticket with the president would naturally fulfill that role. The resolution of the National Assembly asking the vice-president to act is not only unnecessary but unconstitutional.”


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