By Emeka Mamah
KADUNAâ€” The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has blamed the handlers of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua for the crisis now tearing the National Assembly, the Executive Council of the Federation and the entire nation apart.
The Forum, however, urged the Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, to douse the tension by uniting the country to enable him make the difference in the lives of the citizens.
This was contained in a communiquÃ© signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the ACF, Mr. Anthony Sani, in Kaduna, yesterday.
According to the ACF, the handlers of President Yarâ€™Adua must not put their individual ambition and pecuniary interests above national interests.
It, therefore, urged them to be more open and transparent on the important issue of the Presidentâ€™s health to enable relevant agencies take constitutional steps that would put the crisis behind the country and spur it forward for collective good.
The communiquÃ© reads: â€œACF has considered the unhealthy and avoidable politics of identity which has attended the return of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua from medical treatment of his ailment in Saudi Arabia.
â€œThe forum has also noted the fissiparous tendencies that now threaten to divide not only the Executive Council of the Federation and the National Assembly, but also the entire nation along ethno-religious and regional cleavages.
â€œAs a result, it bears repeating the position of ACF that unless those charged with the authority and responsibility of managing the health of President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua are forthcoming with information on the true position of Mr Presidentâ€™s health status and physical capacity to Nigerians, it would be near impossible for Nigerians to do away with the current levels of bickering, intrigues and subterfuge that come with mistrust and suspicion.
â€œACF, therefore, appeals to the handlers of the President to put the national interest and his health over and above individual ambitionsÂ and pecuniary interest by being more open and transparent on this important matter of President Yarâ€™aduaâ€™s health.
â€œThis is about the only way that will enable relevant government organs and agencies take all necessary constitutional actions (in line with section 144) that will put this saga behind and spur the nation forward for collective good.
â€œACF pledges once again its support for and cooperation with the Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan.”