By Sam Eyoboka
THE Urhobo Renaissance Agenda, URA, a socio-cultural non-profit, non-political pressure group, has picked holes in the calls by some individuals and groups in the country for the resignation of President Umaru Yar’Adua from office, describing them as prema-ture and mischievous.  The group  added that the calls portrayed Nigerians as wicked.
In a statement issued in Ekpan, Uvwie local govern-ment area of Delta State, URA National President, Mr Innocent Adjenughure, said what the president required at this time were prayers for quick recovery for him to return and continue with the mantle of the leadership of the country.

The group said “the calls for the president’s resigna-tion are absolutely wrong and premature, mischievous, ill-timed, politically-motivated, and portray Nigerians as wicked.

“In other countries, like Cuba, Korea, the US and several others, there have been times when their presidents had fallen ill, but there were no calls for their resignation.

“Rather, they are assisted to get well through good medical treatment and fervent prayers. A president falling sick does not in any way disrupt the wheel of administration; it does not in any way void the mandate or tenure of the president.

“Therefore, what President Yar’Adua needs at this time is prayers and supplication of the people. Nigerians of whatever faith should join hands and pray for the president to recover quickly and come back home to resume his duties.

“But, at the right time, if the president himself feels he can no longer continue in office, he will resign voluntarily, certainly not by ill-will or bad wishes.”

The group also hailed the discharge and acquittal of the former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, on all the 172 corruption charges brought against him by the EFCC at the Federal High Court, Asaba, saying the judiciary had once again strengthened the nation’s democracy by the judgment.

“It is a victory not only for Ibori, but for Delta State, the Niger Delta and, of course, the Nigerian nation. It has once again shown that the judiciary remains the last bastion of hope for the oppressed and persecuted people of this country,” the group said.

“I hope with the landmark judgment, the issue has been finally put to rest and Ibori should be left,” he added.
alone to continue with his service to his fatherland in whichever capacity he desires,” he stated.

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