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EXCOF holds valediction for Yar’Adua today

By Daniel Idonor

ABUJA—EXACTLY eight days after his demise, today’s weekly meeting of the Executive Council of the Federation, EXCOF, is to be dedicated to life and times of Nigeria’s immediate past President, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who died last Wednesday.

This is coming barely a day after the legislative arm of government, the National Assembly, had embarked on a similar exercise; as members of the lower chamber gathered all former leaders of the House of Representatives to honour the late president. 

The valedictory session which holds at the meeting’s usual venue, Council Chambers, will be presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, with both the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Alhaji Yayyle Ahmed and the National Security Adviser, NSA, General Mohammed Gusau (rtd), as well as other cabinet members in attendance.

….Senate commiserates with family, pours encomium on him

By Ben Agande & Inalegwu Shaibu

ABUJA—THE senate  yesterday has resolved to send a delegation to commiserate with President Goodluck Jonathan, as well as the family of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua.

In a motion moved as part of the valedictory session in honour of the late president, the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekwerenmadu said Nigerians need to know the truth surrounding the sickness and the eventual death of the former president, especially the secrecy that shrouded his movement to Saudi Arabia and the denial of access to him.

And in a tribute to the late president, Senate President , Senator David Mark said the Late Yar’Adua was a ‘good, noble and humble’ man who had ‘unfettered access to wealth yet did not plunder it not that he had so much in terms of personal wealth and acquisition, but because he had conquered greed and avarice’.

According to the senate president though the late president “wielded executive powers in all its trappings, yet he did not drink from the chalice of arrogance. He upheld the rule of law as a basis for human progress. He did not only restrain himself from directly interfering with the activities of the National Assembly, he lived and acted within the ambit of the law.”

Indeed he would be remembered as one of the ardent apostles of the rule of law, equity and justice in our clime”.

Senator Mark however regretted that although the late president was a public figure, ‘the nation was not adequately informed about his health status. This unfortunately provided a fertile ground for mischief makers, rumour mongers and spin doctors of all kinds to feed the nation with fairy tales. Unfortunately, by twist of faith, the death of this peace loving Prince of Katsina has generated more questions than answers

“For example, why was he taken from a hospital in Saudi Arabia to the state House when he had not fully recovered to resume duties? Who were his medical doctors and handlers? Why were we not briefed on a regular basis on the status of his health? If I know the late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua very well, these controversies, questions and confusions are the exact opposite of the president having been assured of what he would have wished

“We were expectantly waiting for the resumption in office of our dear president having been assured at various times that he was recuperating, only to be confronted with the shocking news of his death.

Clearly the federal government owes the nation an explanation on the shortcomings surrounding the management and handling of our late president when he took ill. The Federal government must provide answers to these questions to avoid a repeat in the future” he said.


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