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Reconsider stand on Yar’Adua, group urges FEC

By Emma Amaize
WARRI — ONE Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation in the South-South, weekend, urged the Federal Executive Council to take an unbiased resolution in  consonance with the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on ailing President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

This, the group said,  was to facilitate the proper assumption of office as acting president by Vice President Goodluck Jonathan.

The group, in a statement signed by its National Coordinator and Publicity Secretary, Messrs. Ebi Brisibe and E. A. Effiong, respectively, said “we are worried about the present political impasse and constitutional crisis of conscience in the country resulting from the vacant office of the president, which is threatening our national security and the survival of our hard-earned democracy.

“We urge the Federal Executive Council to, as a matter of urgency, employ foresight, discernment and wisdom in resolving the unfortunate political and constitutional crises in the country by taking a firm and unbias resolution on the health of Mr. President in consonance with the judgment delivered by the Federal High Court, Abuja, on 22 January 2010.

“FEC should also forward its resolution to the National Assembly for the composition of a joint medical team, including the personal physician of the president, in order to expedite transmission of powers to the vice-president as acting president.

“Coming from the historical background of our dear country and the 1999 Constitution therein, reasonableness and good judgment should be employed by every Nigerian, the National Assembly, the Judiciary, South-South governors and those in the corridors of power in understanding and contributing  to the resolution of the crisis.

“The need to transmit powers to the vice president as acting president must be spared of emotional, tribal, political and religious strings and attachments.”

The group, however, sympathised with President Umaru Yar’Adua and prayed for his recovery, but pointed out that under no circumsta-nce should the president of a country abandon his duties, as it will amount to ignoring and breaching the quick responses required for any security, economic and political emergencies.


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