By Emeka Mamah
KADUNA â€”Â The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has condemned the latest resolution of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, that President UmaruÂ Yarâ€™Adua is fit to rule the country from his hospital bed in Saudi Arabia, saying it was an attempt to â€œcloak the fact and play down the obvious that Yarâ€™Adua has been away from his duty post for over two months now.â€
The Forum said the resolution of the FEC called to question, not only our leadersâ€™ commitment and adherence to constitutionalism, but the countryâ€™s image in the comity of nations and commended the Eminent Elders Group including former Presidents and Heads of State for asking Yarâ€™Adua to obey the constitution by informing the National Assembly that he is either on vacation or hospitalised.
This was contained in statement by the National Publicity Secretary of ACF, Mr. Anthony Sani, and made available to Vanguard in Kaduna, yesterday.
The umbrella organisation of all Igbo cultural associations, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, made a similar call last week through its National Secretary, Chief Nduka Eya, urging President Yarâ€™Adua to exhibit statesmanship and hand over power temporarily to Vice President Goodluck Jonathan to enable him look after his health condition properly.
According to the ACF, â€œit is time for our leaders to enable the universal clichÃ© which posits that great leaders are defined by great challenges to come onto its own,â€ by demonstrating that they can pursue causes higher than themselves.
The ACF statement
The statement read: “ACF commends the Eminent Elders Group symbolised by former presidents/heads of state and elder statesmen in lending its weight to the voice of those who have been saying that the National Assembly should pressure President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua to transmit a letter to its leaderships to the effect that he is on vacation or he is hospitalised in line with Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution.
â€œThis would be in the interest of constitutional democracy and in the interest of the nation and its economy.
â€œThe resolution by the FEC that Mr. President is as fit as a fiddle reeks of attempt to cloak the fact and lacking in patriotic courage because such is aimed at playing down on the reality of President Yarâ€™Adua being either on vacation or incapacitated, considering the obvious that the President has been away from his duty post for over two months now.
â€œThis kind of resolution by FEC calls to question, our leadersâ€™ commitment and adherence to constitutional governance, to peaceful unity of the nation and to Nigeriaâ€™s image in the comity of nations.
â€œIt is time for our leaders to enable the universal clichÃ© which posits that great leaders are defined by great challenges to come onto its own.
â€œDifficult times should bring about vision in our leaders who are expected to locate the courage of their patriotic convictions and demonstrate that they can pursue causes higher than themselves as worthy impulse.â€