Nigeria’s former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowan has expressed serious concerns over statements being made by some senior political figures in the country about President Yar’Adua illness. The former leader said that some of the statements being made about the health of President Umaru Yar’Adua has the potential to create loss of hope in the country. He said “It’s rather very unfortunate all that is being said about the president’s illness and the way it is being politicized.
He said Nigerians should instead pray for the President’s quick recovery so that he can continue to do the work for which he was elected. “I think all the things being said are very unhealthy for the country and even for politics itself. Let us hope that Mr. President gets well and gets back to his work and his commitment for what he wants to do for the country,” the ex-military strongman said. He went on to urge Nigerians to seize what he called diversions and stop saying things that could create despondency in the country. He also said that he found it difficult to believe that former Senate leader Ken Nnamani and former House of Representatives speaker Aminu Masari were among those who signed the statement calling for President Yar’Adua to step down.
“I’m one of those who would not believe that somebody like Senator Nnamani and his colleagues would say things that are unhelpful. I’m sure if you go deep into some of these press statements you might probably find that they are misquoted,” he said. On Wednesday, in a letter calling for President Yar’Adu to resign, some public figures said the president’s physical condition has had a negative impact on his ability to govern. Ita Enang, an MP from the ruling People’s Democratic Party said for now the parliament supports the Nigerian cabinet’s decision to reject the call for President Yar’Adua’s resignation. He went on to say “The constitution provides that if the president is indisposed it provides the action the cabinet could take. And there was no formal call by any agency of government for the resignation of Mr. President…the Nigerian Federal Executive Council has taken a decision that Section 144 of the Constitution is not right to be invoked,” he said. He also said that as of now Parliament has not received any information that is alarming on the state of President Yar’Adua’s disposition.
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