By Evelyn Usman
A prominent politician in Delta State,Â Chief Ogbe Onokpite, has called on Nigerians to put aside tribal and religious sentiments and support the Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan , to fosterÂ peace and move the nation forward.
Making the call yesterday in Lagos, Onokpite urgedÂ Nigerians to keep praying for ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua to recuperate fast. He pointed out that the nation needed to forge ahead in all ramifications, stressing that informed the need for support from all levels of government toÂ the acting president.
Onokpite noted also thatÂ the ailing presidentâ€™s speech through his spokesman, Mr Segun Adeniyi, was a clear indication of his acknowledgmentÂ ofÂ Goodluckâ€™s current position.
He said:Â â€œThe statement of President Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s spokesman that the Presidency is in full support of JonathanÂ as the Acting President of Nigeria, while urging Nigerians to support him untilÂ President Yarâ€™Adua fully recuperates fromÂ his illness,Â is a testimony that the acting presidentÂ is not only representingÂ the interest of Yarâ€™Adua and the entire nation, but the Presidency, Senate, Representatives and the entire nation.”
Subsequently, I am appealing to Nigerians to put their tribal, religion or political differences behind them and support Jonathan in the task of moving the country forward
Nigerians should not allow the recent arrival of President Musa Yarâ€™Adua in Nigeria after spending no fewer than 90 days in a Saudi Arabian hospital on health ground to destabilize the on going good work of Acting President Goodluck Jonathan.
I am appealing to Nigerians to join me in praying for the fast recuperation of our beloved President Musa Yarâ€™Adua. May the Almighty God guide, protect and take him out of the present predicament which was not his own makingâ€ .Â Stated Chief Onokpite.