By Dapo AKINREFON & Gbenga OKE
ANGRY reactions have trailed former President Olusegun Obasanjoâ€™s suggestion that ailing President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua should follow the path of honour by resigning, if his health will not allow him to perform the duties of his office.
On his part, former Sokoto State governor, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa said what Obasanjo ought to do was to proceed to Saudi Arabia and bring Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s resignation letter; while former Osun State governor, Chief Bisi Akande accused the former president of misleading Nigerians.
On his part, Bafarawa said â€œWhat I expected from Obasanjo is not to tell Nigerians that Yarâ€™Adua should resign, rather, he should go to Saudi Arabia and meet Yarâ€™Adua, get his resignation letter and bring back to Nigeria because nobody knew Yarâ€™Adua, Nobody knew whether he was well or not, it was only God who knew the reason behind Obasanjo bringing Yarâ€™Adua. So, for him to tell Yarâ€™Adua to resign at a media forum, it is not enough. He should go to Saudi Arabia, get the resignation and bring back to Nigeria if he wonâ€™t take his hands off.â€
He led Nigeria into shame â€” Bisi Akande
Akande, who is also the National chairman of the Action Congress, AC, faulted Obasanjoâ€™s position of â€œtrying to justify a very bad case.â€
According to him, â€œthis same Obasanjo is already regretting that he had misled Nigeria into shame. What heâ€™s saying about Yarâ€™Adua now is merely finding desecration to his bad character.â€
Itâ€™s between OBJ and God â€” Ayo Adebanjo
Also, Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo noted that â€œif it is not an after thought, then, it is between himself and his God. Now that he swore that God should punish him for it, well, so be it. There is nothing anybody can do. All we are saying is that he (Obasanjo) knew that he (Yarâ€™Adua) was not that healthy and he now explained that he has certificate of clearance.â€
Yarâ€™Adua should be impeachedÂ â€” Fasheun
In his stance, founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, Dr Fredrick Fasheun berated the former president for coming out late to advise his successor to relinquish power.
Fasheun, while lampooning the National Assembly for failing to rise up to the occasion, however, called on the ailing president to hand over power to the Vice-President without further delay.
He said â€œI think that General Olusegun Obasanjo (rtd) coming out now to persuade Nigerians. I think he has a right to advise his successor. But he could have gone further to advise because his successor has violated the constitution for 60 days.â€
â€œThe National Assembly has been looking the other way round. Now, the president swore to uphold the constitution, but heâ€™s now violating the constitution. And so, the president has violated the constitution and the thing to be done is that he should be impeached.
This is where the National Assembly is burying its head in the sand thinking that nothing is happening.
Of course, there is a lot happening in Nigeria. Nigeria has been leaderless, has been rudderless, without direction and everybody has doing what he or she likes,â€ he stated.
Beside, he argued that â€œthe constitution that brings us together is being floated. What do you think will happen?
The togetherness, which is the future of our constitution is dwindling and if the National Assembly, does not take a concrete stand to correct the situation, they may be supporting the disintegration of Nigeriaâ€.