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Yar’Adua : Aka Ikenga tasks Presidency on constitution

By  Uduma Kalu

LAGOS—An association of Igbo professionals, Aka Ikenga, has called on the leadership of the country to take immediate steps as stipulated by the constitution to decide whether ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua is fit to continue in office.

This, the association said, should be done “to avoid a complete break down of our fragile democracy, which is imminent unless the right and proper thing is done.”

According its President, Dr. Sylvan Ebigwei , while the association prays for the quick recovery of the President, “we are, however, concerned that the nation is on the brink of collapse due to the vacuum at the top.” The nation and people of Nigeria, the association insists, must not and should not be held to ransom because the president is sick.

It therefore called on those who,  the constitution has vested the authority to immediately take steps necessary to save the nation from being plunged into anarchy and chaos, even as it cautioned that any action contrary to what the constitution stipulates will sound the death knell for the country.

Reacting also to the crisis which had rocked Jos in the last few weeks, Aka Ikenga called on the Federal Government to immediately release the report of all the panels of enquiry which had been set up in the past to find the immediate and remote causes of such mayhem in the Plateau.

While commiserating with those who lost relatives and property in the mayhem, the association said all those found to have fanned the embers of the violence should be brought to book as a deterrent to those who might still be harbouring thoughts of towing the part of violence either in Jos or elsewhere in the country.


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