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Jonathan moves to save Yar’Adua

By Daniel Idonor

ABUJA—THERE were strong indications that despite the fury caused by the controversial meeting between the ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua and some Islamic clerics, Acting President Goodluck Jonathan who is yet to see Yar’Adua, has no plan to disgrace Yar’Adua from office.

Vanguard can authoritatively reveal that the meeting which allegedly held, Thursday, was interpreted as spiteful on the Acting President. Facts emerged, yesterday, that there was pressure on Jonathan to speedily constitute the cabinet to pass a resolution that President Yar’Adua was incapacitated. Such a resolution would, expectedly, ignite the process of Yar’Adua’s removal from office by the National Assembly.

But rather than succumb to the pressure, said to be coming from politicians of Northern extraction, it was gathered that Jonathan has begun moves aimed at saving Yar’Adua from the public embarrassment of impeachment.

Further treatment for Yar’Adua

One of such moves, Vanguard was told, is for Jonathan to persuade the first family to allow the ailing President undertake further medical treatment abroad; as Jonathan might have actually approved the treatment of President Yar’Adua in yet to be named country.

Vanguard was told by a returning minister that contrary to report of a possible impeachment moves against the ailing President; Jonathan was not working to undermine President Yar’Adua in any way.
The source which preferred anonymity, said the so-called cabal which wanted Yar’Adua to remain in office despite his ill-health, was largely misunderstood over its position, which was for a soft landing for Yar’Adua that will allow him time to recover and then resign honourably.

The source said: “There was no time that Jonathan wanted Yar’Adua impeached or removed from office, ignominiously. No. The Acting President had always insisted that President Yar’Adua must not be disgraced and that was also our position.

“So many Nigerians did not know what was going on. They felt that some of us were just there insisting that Yar’Adua must remain as President despite his state of health. Nobody ever clamoured for that position. What we said was that the man has not done anything to deserve being disgraced and I think that was fair enough on our part.”

The minister-designate said it was very disturbing when many people believed the rumours that some close associates of Yar’Adua were working against the interests of the whole country by insisting that the ailing president must remain in power.

He noted: “What we did was to say no you can’t just push the man aside, rather let’s look for a soft landing for him, but so many people felt we wanted the man to remain in power despite his ill health. We know that the man is sick and we never wanted him to remain there just like that.
“What we were trying to do before the cabinet was dissolved was to agree on where the man would go to receive proper treatment and when he gets a little better he can resign. That was the premise we were working on before the cabinet was sacked.”


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