By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa — President of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations, Muhammed Abdullahi has described as unfortunate the politicisation of the ailment of President Umaru Yar’Adua.
Abdullahi, who decried the call in some quarters that President Umaru Yar’Adua should relinquish power on account of his poor health, urged Nigerians to exercise caution on the matter as no human can claim to be infallible.

The NIPR boss in an interview in Yenagoa called on Nigerians to rally round Mr. President and continue to pray for his speedy recovery.

“People must have interest in the Presidency because the President is the chief image maker of the country. I think we have to be cautious in the way we analyse burning issues like this,” he said.

“Yes, you have a president, you should be concern about him, but then, we should not lose our heads because it amounts to having an insensitive nation when your leader is recuperating and you are doing, trying to see that you aggravate the situation.

“Nigeria should not be in this kind of situation. People should not lose their heads. No human being can claim infallibility. We are all human beings and we are subject to dying and falling sick. We have had leaders in this country that were sick for a long time.

That is why there is a system in place and once the system is there it takes care of the day to day governance.”

Continuing he said, “the constitution is clear about this, there are parameters for governance. And so, all we need to do is rally round our leader and not try to make it political.

“When the chief image maker or the chief servant of the country like any normal human being has a problem, the normal thing to do actually is to pray for him and pray for the country because his ability to regain himself quickly will give him the opportunity to come back and continue the good work he has been doing to reposition the country.”

Describing as hasty the call for the president to resign from office the NIPR boss, noted “there is no country in the world where the president will be sick and some people will be asking him to resign. What kind of signal are we sending to other people?

“It is not a good signal; it means that we have lost our mind. It is God that puts him there and God knows why, we should encourage him, we should be part of him because we are all stakeholders.”

On his impression of Bayelsa State, he described the predominantly riverine state as the oasis of peace in the troubled Niger Delta and urged the rest of the country and the international community to take advantage of the prevailing peace to invest in the state.


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