By Ebun Babalola
PRESIDENT Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s return to Nigeria has continued to trigger off controversies. In this report, more Nigerians continue to comment on the issue.
Nigerians should decide, if Yarâ€™Adua is capable of rulingâ€” General Yabuku Gowon
General Yakubu Gowon was the former Military Head of State in Nigeria.
For him, there is no proof that the President is back since he has refused to speak to anyone. He maintains that, Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s return shouldnâ€™t stop the progress of the country, and his ability to rule the country should be determined by Nigerians.
â€œYou said Yarâ€™Adua is back, then letâ€™s believe heâ€™s back. But, for me, I havenâ€™t heard of his arrival in the country.
Who informed you of his return? IfÂ he has returned as they claim, I believe, it will take awhile before he thinks of ruling the country, and that is, if he is well enough to do so. There are lots of things to say when it comes toÂ this issue ofÂ Yarâ€™Adua and his return. It is not for me to decideÂ ifÂ he is capable ofÂ ruling or not.
If he is capable, then Nigerians should decide. But it will be unwise to want to push him out as that wouldnâ€™t be the best solution to the problem. Even if he would be asked to go, that should be done in a decent way.
The cabal is playing its last cardâ€” Yinka Odumakin
Yinka Odumakin opinesÂ that the whole drama is being showcased by the cabal in Nigeria government.
â€œI believe the cabal is playing its last card by bringing in an incapacitated man. The fact isÂ that Jonathanâ€™s profile is authentic. He has garnered a lot ofÂ international attentionÂ in the last few days and that cannot be lost.
They are about to push Yarâ€™Adua to his last point. They want to use Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s incapacitated body to incapacitate Jonathan by keeping his incapacitated body in the Villa to stop Jonathan from ruling. They want to be ruling in Abuja and deceiving people that Yarâ€™Adua is back.
There are two issues here. Either Yarâ€™Adua goes to the National Assembly and addresses them, or make a national broadcast ofÂ his status. IfÂ he cannot do any of these, then Nigerians will take it that he is permanently incapacitated and section 144 should be invoked immediately.
In your own opinion, what is the next step especially the forthcoming 2011 election?
It will be ridiculous to talk about election when the country is in a state of disarray. The way these guys are going, itÂ will be difficult to talk about who is the next President or the Governor.
The first thing is to deal with the cabal. There is need to have a better country. There is so much hopelessness and uncertainty in the land. So, it is important to deal with the issue one after the other.
We are waiting for a statementâ€” Balarabe Musa
Alhaji Balarabe Musa is the Chairman , Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP.In his own reaction, he saysÂ a statement should be issued before any decision will be taken on President Yarâ€™Adua. â€œAt the moment, we are waiting for a statement from the Federal Executive Council, FEC.
I believe there should be a statement stating the situation of things on ground. It is unfortunate that nobody has seen Yarâ€™Adua. But, ifÂ they donâ€™t make a statement, then, we can take our decision. We will knowÂ the truth from the Federal Executive Council, FEC. If they donâ€™t make a statement, then we would have to comment.
No decision is taken yetâ€” Gov. Gabriel Suswam
â€œWell, there is nothing to decide yet until, we meet at the Governorâ€™s forum, then we will appreciate the situation betterâ€.
Nobody understands the gameâ€” John Uche
â€œIt is impossible to understand what is going on in the country. We are not sure that he is in the country because nobody has seen him. If the FEC has come back with the report of his health, then, we would have known what to say. The question is , are they bringing him to cause confusion or to doubt the political movement of the masses? Bringing inÂ an ambulance is a big confusion.
Ambulance doesnâ€™t bring in someone who is physically fit, rather, it brings someone who is unhealthy or dead. IfÂ they want to convince the world that the President is back or well enough to continue his leadership in Nigeria, then, he must address the people on video.
AC insists on medical vetting of Presidentâ€™s healthâ€” Joe Igbokwe
Joe Igbokwe, is the Publicity Secretary of Action Congress, Lagos State and he says:
The state of his health is still in doubt and therefore, should be verified before power is transmitted to him.
Yarâ€™Adua should subject himselfÂ to be medically vetted before resuming duty so as to avoid deepening the crisis Nigerians are facing at present.
We are very suspicious of the way and manner he was smuggled into the country on life support machine. We suspect that the entire plot reeks of mischief by his kitchen cabinet and we feel it is a power grabbing venture aimed at retaining power by all means.
A president on life support machineÂ who goes about on ambulance cannot effectively administer a Nigeria riddled with so many problems.
We see much confusion in the manner the President was spirited home in a state of ill health. We see many more national crises in the days ahead with the blurred line of command, which has been activated with the induced arrival ofÂ Yarâ€™Adua. We state that nothing should be done to further deepen the monumental national crisis that inept and corrupt PDP leadership has foisted on Nigerians in the past eleven years.
There is need for him to write the National Assembly as well as make a national broadcast to Nigerians on his return, state of health and his readiness to take back power. Such arrangement should not be discharged by â€œmischievousâ€ proxies, because it will not be acceptable to Nigerians. The President will do these all by himself and must be certified as being competent, health wise, to lead Nigeria .
We see anything to the contrary as being an attempt to set the country on fire through naked power aggrandizement and Yarâ€™Adua should not be seen to be part of such desperate plots. He should consider the interests of Nigerians more than his and those of his ambitious advisers and members of his kitchen cabinet whom we suspect are on top of a desperate power game.