By Obi Nwakanma
The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria may now officially be said to be under hostage to a foreign power – namely Saudi Arabia- and her local collaborators – namely, those within the Nigerian presidency who have conspired to hide the person of the president, Umaru Yar Adua, to prevent a full accounting to the government and people of Nigeria.

Their intention may be to subvert Nigeria and cause a violent disruption, or to take the power of the presidency by subterranean means and subject Nigerians to the whims and control of a foreign power. Nigerians must surely see the implications of this. On Monday, they caused to be relayed a strange, inaudible and suffering voice, purporting such to be the voice of the president, not to the Nigerian media, but to the BBC.

No images accompanied this voice. Was the president free, drugged, or in bondadge? The ailing president, unable to act by his full and conscious will is now a victim of his handlers who have taken advantage of his ailment, and the unfortunate inability of Nigerians to establish a viable healthcare system. We are yet to comprehend the implication of handing Nigeria’s head of state to the care of an alien healthcare system and to a foreign power.

The health of the president of any nation, including a banana republic is a high security issue and is never to be left to alien hands. The Nigerian military and intelligence services must therefore take particular note of this fact, and act within their commissions as defenders of the integrity of the Federal Republic for which they are constituted.

Why do I suggest that the president of Nigeria is now officially under guard of the Saudi government? Here is one good reason: for the past 40 weeks and going, the Saudi authorities have kept mute over questions about the Nigerian president.

They have prevented visitors, including high officials of the Nigerian government from seeing the president, and have not made a single statement regarding their guest. They have rather watched with what seems like unholy glee, a crisis situation grow with the vacuum, and have not attempted to reassure Nigerians with the concrete evidence that the Nigerian president is alive or dead.

This is not the act or conduct of a friendly nation. It is the calculated silence of a government seeking to make capital of the situation. We must fully grasp the implications of a possible design by a foreign government to infiltrate and secure the Nigerian state for any number of reasons.

This drama must therefore come to a close somehow. It is unprecedented in the Nigerian annals that a president of Nigeria is held hostage by a few people in collaboration with an external power using the veil of presidential incontinence. This therefore understandably presents a new frontier of action for the Nigerian security system that can only deploy by the authority of the Commander-In-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, namely, the president.

In the absence of the president, the vice-president, requiring no further authority ought to act with the fullest power of state or face the sanction of parliament.

As it is, the high administration of the Federal Government of Nigeria is neither coherent nor well. It is in disarray. The Federation is in danger to falling, not to the power dynamics within the bounds of the sovereign, but potentially to an external power that is in current obdurate possession of the keeper of the seals of the Nigerian state and therefore capable of subverting the sovereign will of the nation.

While we are at it, in the event that it is found that people in the presidency have held the president hostage and have threatened the security of the state by lying about the real health of the Nigerian president to the government and people of  Nigeria, the properly constituted government of Nigeria must enforce a deterrent.

The first deterrent must clearly be to prosecute, to discipline and punish all those in the plot, particularly those who may have forged and secured the seal of the president on the supplementary budget by subterfuge.  The forgery of the seal of the president is an act of subversion. Its use on the budget of the nation is an act of high treason.

The Nigerian security and intelligence services must take particular note of this. Secondly, the Armed Forces, while doing their duty to the nation, must not think about carrying out a coup, because that will inexorably break down Nigeria. Nigerians have not forgotten the wasted years of military rule. What Nigerians must naturally demand is the basic duty of the soldier to the land, to be alert to the dangers currently facing the country by the unique implications of Nigeria’s president seeking medical care in a foreign land and going AWOL.

Finally, it must now become part of the written protocols of the presidency of Nigeria that no future president of Nigeria must be allowed to seek medical care outside of Nigeria.

This rule is important not only because of its moral requirements but also because of the vast security implications of the current practice. The security services of the nation, sworn to protect both the person and the office of the president are unable to fully do their constitutional duties from the difficulties of such medical trips.

Perhaps what this Yar’Adua’s situation must prove to Nigerians is that government is a serious business, and that no governments are run on an “NGO” mentality. The vast apparati created to secure presidents with public fund, and sometimes on pain of death is not mere happenstance. It is because the lives of a vast number of people are at the core of huge, sometimes unnamable and unknowable transborder interests.

That is why Nigerians now must consider the possibility that the presidency of Nigeria is now officially the target of external aggression. Call this conspiracy theory if you must, but the Saudis must be asked now to produce the president of Nigeria, dead or alive.


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