By Ben Agande
The Northern Elders’ Assembly, Tuesday, asked Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to implement the post-amnesty programme initiated by President Umaru Yarâ€™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 â€˜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.”
Yesterdayâ€™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,Â 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.”