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ACF blames nation’s crisis on Yar’Adua’s handlers

By Emeka Mamah

KADUNA— The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has blamed the handlers of President Umaru Yar’Adua for the crisis now tearing the National Assembly, the Executive Council of the Federation and the entire nation apart.

The Forum, however, urged the Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, to douse the tension by uniting the country to enable him make the difference in the lives of the citizens.

This was contained in a communiqué signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the ACF, Mr. Anthony Sani, in Kaduna, yesterday.

According to the ACF, the handlers of President Yar’Adua must not put their individual ambition and pecuniary interests above national interests.

It, therefore, urged them to be more open and transparent on the important issue of the President’s health to enable relevant agencies take constitutional steps that would put the crisis behind the country and spur it forward for collective good.

The communiqué reads: “ACF has considered the unhealthy and avoidable politics of identity which has attended the return of President Umaru Yar’Adua from medical treatment of his ailment in Saudi Arabia.

“The forum has also noted the fissiparous tendencies that now threaten to divide not only the Executive Council of the Federation and the National Assembly, but also the entire nation along ethno-religious and regional cleavages.

“As a result, it bears repeating the position of ACF that unless those charged with the authority and responsibility of managing the health of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua are forthcoming with information on the true position of Mr President’s health status and physical capacity to Nigerians, it would be near impossible for Nigerians to do away with the current levels of bickering, intrigues and subterfuge that come with mistrust and suspicion.

“ACF, therefore, appeals to the handlers of the President to put the national interest and his health over and above individual ambitions  and pecuniary interest by being more open and transparent on this important matter of President Yar’adua’s health.

“This is about the only way that will enable relevant government organs and agencies take all necessary constitutional actions (in line with section 144) that will put this saga behind and spur the nation forward for collective good.

“ACF pledges once again its support for and cooperation with the Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan.”


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