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More worries over Yar’Adua’s health

 President Umaru Yar’Adua
President Umaru Yar’Adua

By  Leke Adeseri, News Editor, & Laide Akinboade
ABUJA—The much-touted good response to treatment by President Umaru Yar’Adua may not be the whole truth, after all, if authoritative feelers by Vanguard,  are considered

Our reporters gathered yesterday, that two major movements planned for the week were aborted because the President was said to be too weak to undertake either of them.

First, there were plans to make him come back home to douse rising tension in the country over his health after which he would seize the opportunity to apply for and start a proper vacation. This was designed for him to have a breather from public scrutiny and worry while he takes care of his health. However that was not to be.

Also, his doctors were said to have planned moving him either to the United States or Germany for further treatment. That also was not to be.

Meantime, unconfirmed reports said doctors have advised family members of the ailing President that he can no longer be exposed to the rigours of politics as he would require a close monitoring following his slow response to treatment.

Loyalists adopt wait-and-see attitude

This situation has left strategists in the President’s camp in a state of fix. For now, they are said to be adopting a ‘wait and see attitude.’

Since Friday, November 23, (17 days ago), when the President was flown to the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for the treatment of “Acute Pericarditis”, (an inflammatory condition of the coverings of the heart), as confirmed by his Personal Physician, Dr. Salisu Banye, there has been intensive apprehension in the country leading to a section of the populace calling on him to resign.

First on the list was the historic move by the group of 54 prominent Nigerians across professions and spanning the six geopolitical zones (G54) on November 30, asking the President to resign his office immediately or unconditionally hand over to the Vice-President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

Two days after the government took a swipe at the group, declaring that it was a joke taken too far as the President cannot resign under the present circumstance.

Also rising from a crucial session, which Vanguard learnt was dominated by the resignation saga, the Federal Executive Council (FEC), on Wednesday resolved that the President remains fit enough and would not, therefore, initiate the process of easing him out of office through the National Assembly; declaring that it would ignore the calls since it has not found the President incapable of performing his duties.

Nigerian women pray

Women across the nation yesterday, joined millions of other Nigerians in praying for the quick recovery of the President and for the peace of the nation.

The women, who gathered at the national secretariat of the National Council for Women Societies, NCWS,  in Abuja, for  the prayer session led  by wife of the Senate President, Mrs. Helen David Mark, started with fasting and prayer session of the mothers from the 36 states of the federation.

In her welcome address, NCWS National President, Hajiya Ramatu Usman, said; “This day is a day our leaders, past and present need not dissipate strength in generating scenarios for the death of Mr. President.

She added; “This is not a day for prophets of doom to cast fear, chaos and sustain calculations as if government were a one-person affair; this is a day to pray for unity, a peaceful and united Nigeria set for techno-economic development and prosperity of her people also, this is a day for leaders to set good precedence for the present youth and future generations”.

According to her; “ illness is a natural occurrence and prayed to God for expected healing of Mr. President.

More prayers for him

The Islamic  prayer session was led by chairperson of wives of local government chairmen in Katsina State, Hajia Hadiza Rabiu Kurfi, while Mrs. Rifkatu Shekari led the Christian session.

The programme was attended by wife of the Senate President, Mrs. Helen Mark, wife of House Leader, Mrs. Tumi Akogun; wife of the FCT Minister, Hajiya Zanaib Adamu Aliero, wife of Minister of State for Communications, Mrs. Bilibis; delegation of all female legislators; wives of local government chairmen, past and present national officers and states’ presidents of NCSW.

Wife of Senate President, Mrs. Mark. commended the NCWS President for initiating the fasting and praying programme. She  urged women not to relent in praying for President Yar’Adua and for the peace of the nation.

She called on Nigerians to pray for those who wished President Yar’Adua’s death . “They may even die before him,” she said

She called on Nigerian women to pray for Hajia Turai Yar’Adua, that God should continue to strengthen her.

Meantime,  the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC,, Hausa and Igbo communities comprising  Muslims and Christians in Ibadanland, Wednesday, prayed earnestly for the quick recovery of President Yar’Adua.


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