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Complicating The Yar’Adua Affair

THERE is enough to worry about over the non-resolution of the issues around the health of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and the scratches its complications have left on the country. We wake up daily to new angles that consistently tilt towards the fact that the solutions are still a long way off.

Efforts at running the country while the President ails are assailed by new attempts at affirming that Nigeria can wait a little longer as we wonder, ponder and pander over what is to be done to see that the Constitution remains breached.

The Doctrine of Necessity gave Nigeria the breather required at a critical point in the transition from gross uncertainty to some measure of sanity in a situation that had gone directionlessly for so long that the abnormality no longer seemed wrong.

Our political elite are too busy blame-sharing to notice that the country is hardly working well. It is obvious again that the jostling for the sustenance of individual interests would be the bane of the seeming gain from the Doctrine of Necessity.

A lot of efforts are invested in blaming either the President’s family, or other persons who are alien to the Constitution as the ones hurting Nigeria. If these aliens have been identified is there nothing that can be done about them?

Nigeria’s irrelevance to the world – and more importantly – to its own people is frightening. A country of so much potential is wasting while the world is moving ahead. Our political leaders are so full of their importance that they are unaware of their surroundings.

What do the Governors, for example, want? What is their constitutional role in the political mess the country is submerging itself in with blissful ignorance? When the Governors Forum states with impenetrable emphasis that President Yar’Adua would neither resign nor be impeached, what options are they offering? What is the importance of such statement at the moment?

Nigeria has become the private estate of a few, who are hanging to the fate of a man who is better left to recuperate. In this struggling show of support for the President, the beneficiaries of this situation, who have no plans to let go, diminish the man, the Office of the President and Nigeria.

It is not surprising that they do not care. Their greatest interest in Nigeria lies in their being able to keep milking it dry. Most of the seeming confusion about the future of civil rule in Nigeria rests squarely on conflicts over the interests of those to whom the most important thing is not how well the President serves Nigerians, but how the President works for them.

Nigerians are too wearied by the insensitivities of this group to the collective interest. Nigeria should be made to work, in the interest of the silent millions, whose lives the present confusion minimises.


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