UNDEDSS insits Jonathan is Acting President, berates Segun Adeniyi

Source: africanexaminer.com

“We are all happy that Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar'Adua has become fit enough to travel, even

if by air and land ambulances,” posits Professor Pat Utomi, “but, whether Yar'Adua is back

or not, Acting President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is still fully in charge as current leader

of Nigeria and Commander-in-Chief of the nation's armed forces!”

Professor Utomi's assertion was part of a terse, but pithy, Press Release put out by the

United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy [UNDEDSS], the coalition of

ethnic nationalities and civil society of the region, that has Utomi as its President.

UNDEDSS felicitates with Alhaji Yar'Adua, his family and the nation on this first visible step

towards the full recovery of the long-missing Nigerian President, but notes, in Utomi's

words that “the very fact that his family still chooses to shroud everything concerning the

President in secrecy, denying the Nigerian people free access to their ailing leader,

strongly suggests that Yar'Adua is still incapacitated; and goes to further buttress the fact

that Acting President Jonathan's mandate is still fully in existence, and should not be trifled

with by any persons or institutions.”
UNDEDSS Secretary-General, Mr. Tony I. Uranta, went further to castigate Yar'Adua's

Media Aide, Segun Adeniyi, for “deliberately playing to the script of opponents of

democracy and rule-of-law in Nigeria, by persistently and insultingly referring to Acting

President Jonathan as 'the Vice-President' in his address to the media; where he claimed

that Yar'Adua thanked the Acting President and National Assembly for holding fort for him

whilst he was AWOL!”
“It is regrettable that a professional journalist of Adeniyi's supposed standing should so

soon lose the integrity and ethics he was putatively noted for, prior to his appointment to

the presidency,” continues Uranta, “because not only does Dr. Jonathan enjoy the full

confidence and mandate of the common people, the judiciary and the legislature of

Nigeria, he has been further mandated, in the capacity of Acting President of Nigeria, to

lead the sub-region of West Africa; and has been so duly recognised in both national and

sub-regional capacities by the international comity of nations. Adeniyi and his fellow-

travelers in obtuse denial should wake up and smell the coffee!”

Finally, UNDEDSS declares that “until, and unless, Acting President Goodluck Ebele

Jonathan has the mandate bestowed upon him, to lead Nigeria, rescinded as stipulated

for, by due process, he remains Nigeria's leader; and any attempt to subvert his authority,

whether overtly, covertly or by insidious means, must be seen, and treated, as what it


Tony I. Uranta UNDEDSS Secretary General

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