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Yar’Adua: SERAP demands sworn statement on medical status

By Abdulwahab Abdulah

The personal Physician to the ailing President Umar Yar’ Adua, Dr.  Saliyu Banye has been requested to immediately write and sworn to a statement on the medical records of President Umar   Musa Yar’ Adua to allow Nigerians, especially the National Assembly to decide whether the President is capable of continuing to perform his constitutional duty.

In an open letter to the Doctor made available to Vanguard Law and Human Rights, a non governmental organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, urged the medical practitioner to “urgently publish a sworn statement on the medical records of President Yar’Adua to allow the citizens, the Federal Executive Council and the National Assembly to decide whether he is capable of continuing to perform his public trust and constitutional responsibility as president and if he is not, to take appropriate measures to address the situation”.

The statement by its Executive Director, Mr. Adetokunbo Mumuni said that unless the information is provided “within one week of the receipt and/or publication of this letter, SERAP would take steps to seek the leave of court for an order of mandamus compelling you (Doctor) to exercise your discretion by fully disclosing accurate information about President Yar’Adua’s medical conditions.”

SERAP also demanded publication in major national newspapers and release to the FEC and the National Assembly, a sworn statement on the medical records of President Yar’Adua and that the Yar’Adua physician also publish the names of team of medical specialists he mentioned in his report.

The group also asks Dr Banye to work with other physicians to be drafted by the Federal Executive Council or the National Assembly to determine if the President is capable of continuing in office. The group also demanded an in-depth analysis of President Yar’Adua’s treatment so far, including an assessment whether he is healthy enough to continue to discharge his public trust and functions.


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