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N'DELTA GROUP URGES JONATHAN TO BE DECISIVE



Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan

Niger Delta Action Movement (NDAM) rose from an emergency meeting Thursday night in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, after reviewing the current political impasse, especially the return of President Umaru Yar'Adua into the country.

NDAM said it has been watching keenly the intrigues unfolding regularly over the health of President Yar'Adua. 'The unpatriotic scenario is laughable to the learned and intelligent minds.

'We have resolved to warn saboteurs who pretend to love President Yar'Adua more than other Nigerians, using the controversy surrounding his health to create an atmosphere of insecurity and uncertainty to sheath their swords in the interest and unity of Nigeria. They should know that UmaruYar'Adua is Nigeria 's President and not President of Yar'Adua's family. His health is therefore, of paramount importance to NDAM and to all patriotic citizens.

Yar'Adua's family is a respected family, not only in Katsina State but in most parts of the country.

We, in the Niger Delta hold his family with high esteem, and we believe that for President has high regard for the people of the Niger Delta. It will be inhuman the cabal at the corridors of power to drag the family name into mud because of their inordinate desires to the detriment of the unity of Nigeria . The same sycophants smuggled the President into the country at night as if our President is a thief or a criminal,' it said.

That action is unpatriotic and has caused embarrassment to the respected family and to the entire nation before the international community.

It added: We have also resolved to call on the acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to be decisive and exercise the authority reposed on him as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, by punishing all those involved in smuggling President Umaru Yar'Adua into the country at night without following protocols.

'We are also urging Dr. Jonathan to constitute a federal medical team to examine our President and inform Nigerians on the condition of his health within seven days.

'We are repeating our earlier warning against any clandestine attempt by sycophants to undermine the authority of the acting President or truncate our democracy. We will resist such attempt in the interest and unity of Nigeria .

'On February 13, 2010, we issued a similar warning when Hon Farouk Aliyu, former Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, went to court seeking an injunction restraining Dr. Goodluck Jonathan from being acting President and Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria.