By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”NIGER Delta women, under the aegis of Concerned Mothers of the Niger Delta, weekend, called on the countryâ€™s First Lady, Mrs Turai Yarâ€™Adua, to prevail on the President to adhere to the constitution by sending a letter to the National Assembly to allow Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan function as the Acting President.
The women, after their meeting in Benin City, noted that as the mother of the nation, the First Lady must always be seen as one of the custodians of the constitution of the country, adding that it is expected that she uses her position to ensure the unity and peace of the nation.
â€œWe want to say that we are not comfortable about the role she has been playing so far since our President has been hospitalized in a Saudi hospital. She has been acting as the wife of Job in the Bible, who, rather than advise the husband to follow the path of honour, has been at the center of controversy and confusion,â€ the group said.
The womenâ€™s position was contained in a communique by the national coordinator of the group, Chief Christy Odion and Madam Oritsegbugbemi Okorotie, in Benin City.
According to them, â€œHer alleged plan to drag the military into what is happening so as to pave way for her husbandâ€™s brother who is in the army to take over as Head of State, has been revealed. But as far as we pray for the quick recovery of the President, we will not tolerate any military intervention in our hard earned democracy.
The women of the Niger Delta and the entire Niger Delta people will resist such plot. We appeal to our First Lady to urge our President to do the right thing and come back as President when he is declared healthy. This she must do in the interest of the country.â€
â€œAs for Patience, wife of the Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan, we advise her not to put her husband into undue pressure so that the Vice-President will not do some thing unconstitutional. She must realize that power belongs to God and at the appropriate time, God will speak. So we are calling for caution from all parties involved in this difficult period we have found ourselvesâ€ the women said.