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Akunyili hits Yar’Adua ‘cabal’ again

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By Emma Ujah

ABUJA—MINISTER of Information, Prof. Dora Akunyili, yesterday, fired another salvo, saying that the cabal around President Umaru Yar’Adua should allow him address the nation.

She said in an interview with the African Independent Television, AIT, monitored in Abuja, that those hiding the President could not be justified since his health was a national issue and should be made public.

Prof. Akunyili stressed that neither the Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan nor herself had spoken with the President since his secret return to Nigeria last week.

The minister who commended the military for their conduct since the beginning of the political logjam occasioned by the President’s ill health, urged all well-meaning Nigerians to support Acting President Jonathan to enable him succeed in his new responsibility of giving the nation a new lease of life.

Her words: “Neither me nor the Acting President has seen or spoken to the President   since he was said to have returned on Wednesday last week. Those who are insisting on preventing the President from speaking to Nigerians should better have a rethink and change of heart, for this, his health is national issue an should be made public, he should be allowed to speak to Nigerians. We deserve to know about his health condition.”

The minister commended the military for the manner they conducted themselves during the political instability despite pressing calls from some enemies of the state that they take undue advantage of the situation.

Noting that the military has shown high sense of professionalism, patriotism and dedication to defend and develop the nation and must be commended, she warned  rumour mongers to desist from such, stressing that those the nation needs right now are people who can contribute and support the process of governance.

She also called on all to support the Acting President and pray for the quick recovery of the President while assuring all that all is well with the nation.

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