*29 African nations join prayers for him
By Emeka Mamah & Daniel Idonor
Kadunaâ€”The Northern socio-cultural organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has joined the clamour for recourse to constitutional provisions if the position of the President became vacant.
According to it: â€œIn the event of any need to engage in politics of succession, it is the position of ACF that the provisions of the Nigerian constitution should remain the only effective guide for the process.â€
The group declared this in a statement at the end of the meetings of its National Working Committee, NWC, and the National Executive Council, NEC, in Kaduna, yesterday.
The statement, signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr.Anthony Sani, regretted what it described as conflicting statements by government functionaries about the health of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua and the progress of his treatment in the hospital.
ACF urges more prayers for President
â€œIt is against this backdrop that ACF wishes to call on all Nigerians to be on their knees and pray to God for quick recovery of President Yarâ€™Adua.
â€œAnd, in order to douse the negative rumours and altercations between politicians with dire implications on the security and unity of the nation, government functionaries charged with the duty to oversee the health of the President are called upon to be more open and forthcoming with information on the illness of the President.
â€œACF believes that true knowledge of the actual health situation of Mr. President by Nigerians would go a long way in dousing the current tension in the nation and enable the relevant authorities have the patriotic courage to do what is required of them in such circumstance under our Constitution.
â€œThere can be no doubt that the nation is in trying times. But difficult circumstances often bring about national grandeur, they define purposeful leadership and bring out the best in everyone.
â€œThat explains why the current situations in Nigeria demand patriotic courage and sacrifice from those with the responsibilities and authorities to take actions towards addressing the problems,â€ the statement added.