By Victor Ahiuma-Young
A ROYAL father andÂ Bolowei of Obotebe Kingdom in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, Chief Tunde Smooth, has commended theÂ Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, for re-appointingÂ Professor Dora Akunyili, into the Executive Council of the Federation, EXCOF, and as Minister of Information and Communication.
The monarch in a chat with Vanguard, also hailed the Senate for speedily screening and confirming the nomination of Akunyili and 32 others whose names were forwarded by Jonathan and noted that Prof. Akunyili deserved re-appointment into the EXCOF because of her unrepentant crusade for national growth and development.
He described Akunyili as a fearless and dedicated Nigerian, adding that â€œthe country needs more of her in order to move forward.â€
Smooth, who is an accomplished business man, said the ministerial nominees were credible and capable of carrying out the vision of Jonathan for the country.
To this end, he praised Jonathan for his performance so far, and urged all Nigerians to sustain their support and encourage for him.
Smooth said, â€œThe performance of the Acting President and Commander-in-Chief, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, shows that he can deliver and lead Nigeria to the Promised Land. His acceptability by all Nigerians, including the human rights and pro- democracy groups, especially the opposition parties showed that the country still have hope to get out of the myriads of problems plaguing it.
â€œThe support given to the Acting President is unprecedented because Nigerians never believe their leaders. But reverse is the case in the case of Jonathan because he came into power as Nigerian leader by popular acclamation.â€
Consequently, he urged Jonathan to implement his action plans for the country without fear or favour, adding that he should not be intimidated by self-seeking cabal loyal to the ailing President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua.
Smooth said the antics of the cabal were aimed at causing disaffection in the country and frustrate his government.
The Ijaw leader said Nigerians were behind him, adding that he should focus on the challenges of governance.