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Yar’Adua: Group asks N-Assembly to summon COAS

By Gbenga Oke

A GROUP,  Nigeria Unity Group, NUG, has condemned  the manner President Umaru Yar’Adua was brought into the country without the knowledge of Acting President Goodluck Jonathan, describing the move as a threat to democracy.

It also noted that bringing the ailing president back in that way was an affront to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

A statement by the National Coordinator of the group, Mr. Ed Malik, called on the National Assembly Committees on Defence to summon the Chief of Army Staff on the alleged role the military played in bringing Yar’Adua back.

According to him, “the discordant tunes been sung by the actors of this public relations debacle has further eroded the goodwill of Nigerians who have been praying for the healing of the President and what has now been established is that the Acting President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan is completely in the dark of the President’s return and the manner in which troops were imported to take over Abuja over-night before the arrival of the President is questionable.”

According to him, “Nigerians and the world must know what happened in the pre-dawn of the President’s arrival from Saudi Arabia where he had been receiving treatment for his ailment since last November. This is an act of testing ground to usurp the power of the President and undermine the constitution.

“It is in this light that we are calling on the National Assembly Committees on Defence to summon the Chief of Army Staff and other military brass to explain the role played by officers in this undemocratic move despite the desperate denials by the Chief of Army Staff.

“On whose order were the soldiers deployed from the barracks? Why was the Acting President  not informed, from which brigade were the involved soldiers drawn, how many were the soldiers and who was the commander?”


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