By Victor Ahiuma-Young
THE umbrella body for senior staff associations in the country, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC , weekend in Lagos, expressed concern that President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua had remained incommunicado, six days after he was brought into the country in a mafia-like manner.
The body in a statement by its President-General and Secretary-General, Mr. Peter Esele and Chief John Kolawole, respectively, called on President Yarâ€™Adua to immediately make nationwide broadcast to the nation on the state of his health and other pressing issues for Nigerians to know that he was indeed back to the country.
The statement read in part: â€œTUC is grateful to God for the return of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua after his sojourn in Saudi Arabia on health grounds.
â€œTUC hopes that the Presidentâ€™s return will put paid to all the rumour mills about the state of his health since his long absence as well as the over politicising of the issue which has polarised the National Assembly and the Presidency so much to the detriment of a visibly fragile democracy.
â€œWhile wishing Mr. President speedy recovery, we hope that his health is stable enough to enable him fully resume his official duties. We crave the indulgence of Mr. President to immediately do a nationwide broadcast to the nation on the state of his health and other pressing issues for Nigerians to know that he is indeed back to the country.
â€œEven if the President and his aides purposely chose the mafia style tactics of his unannounced return to surprise the nation, we in TUC are of the opinion that the Presidentâ€™s inability to meet with his Acting President and his Federal Executive Council, FEC, and communicate to the National Assembly that he is back is not in the best interest of a very tensed and seriously heated polity.
â€œIt is pertinent to note, that unless the situation is properly managed, self-serving politicians who have fuelled the tension in the polity thus far over this issue, are capable of adding political, sectional, religious connotations to the whole issue and this is capable of causingÂ serious problems for a fragile country and our fragile economy and our overall stability.
â€œAt this point in time, as a people, strict adherence to constitutional rule and the stability of the country should remain our greatest priority.