By Victor Ahiuma-Young
WORKERS in the nationâ€™s Petroleum industry, yesterday, said the secretive manner in which President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua returned to the country yesterday after over three months in Saudi Arabia when he went to attend to his failing health, was an indication that all was not well withÂ him (Yarâ€™Adua).
Under the umbrella of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, the oil workers said status quo should be maintainedÂ with Vice President Goodluck Jonathan as Acting President while ailing President Yarâ€™Adua recuperates pending when he would beÂ confirmed medically fit to discharge his duties as President.
President of PENGASSAN, Comrade Babatunde Ogun, while thanking God for the return of Yarâ€™Adua to the country, however, argued that Nigeria was presently in dire need of an active President to steer the affairs of the nation towards achieving effective socio-economic advancement within the shortest time possible.
He congratulated Nigerians on the safe return of the President but noted, however, that Jonathan should be allowed to continue in acting capacity because there were critical socio-economic issues that needed urgent presidential attention, stressing that this could only be adequately and effectively tackled by an energetic and lively president.
According to him, â€œwithout being sentimental, status quo should remain and Jonathan should continue in acting capacity if Nigerians want any meaningful development in the countryâ€™s economic, social and political terrainâ€.
Ogun who called for an urgent review of the nationâ€™s constitution to address some of the lapses observed and prevent a recurrence of the embarrassment the nation suffered, enjoined the National Assembly and members of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, to eschew selfishness and corruption and put the nationâ€™s interest above any personal ambition that could truncate the development the nation had experienced within the short time that Jonathan had been acting.
According to him: â€œThe review of the 1999 Constitution is necessary as a result of the political and economic discrepancies in the country.â€