As if can’t get any crazier, One hundred legal practitioners under the auspices of Lawyers of Consciences have given President Umaru Yar’Adua till January 31, 2010 to resign or be removed by the National Assembly, failing which the group will be left with no alternative than to mobilize their learned colleagues and the Nigerian electorate to “take their destiny into their hands by any legitimate means possible.”
Umaru Yar’Adua the president of Nigeria has been away in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for about 44 days due to his failing health brought on by an inflammation of the membrane surrounding his heart. The president also has a history of kidney disease.
Arising from its Annual General Meeting held on December 30, 2009, the organisation in a communiqué stated that it had arrived at the decision after undertaking “a surgical appraisal of the comatose state of the nation and the abysmal performance of the present government in Nigeria in 2009, due to the ill health and the resultant incapacity of the president.”
The group stated that if by the expiration of its ultimatum of January 31, President Yar’Adua has not come back to actively assume and perform his functions as the president, and he neither resigns nor is removed by the National Assembly in the application of sections 144 and 146 of the 1999 Constitution to enable the vice president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan be sworn-in, it should not be held responsible for whatever may result from such legitimate action(s).
The communiqué was copied to the Federal Executive Council, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the National Assembly, the Inspector General of Police, the State Security Service, the Nigerian Bar Association and the Nigerian Union of Journalists.
Other signatories to the Communique are:
Rosemary Enaboifo, National Treasurer; Princewill Agasa, North-central Coordinator; Gabriel Nwokeiwu, South-east Coordinator; Sadiq Mohammed, PRO; Ehi Judith Esq.; Afolabi Apo Esq.; Taiye Emiye Esq.; Okolo Rosemary Esq.; Adebayo Shade Esq.; Irabor Sam Esq.
Chukwu Uzoamaka Esq. Lilian Okoh Esq.; Oluwa Olajumoke Esq.; Iko Mariam Esq.
Anthony Okoye Esq.; Osita Onwukwe Esq.; Henry Osigbeme Esq.; Ejiro Akpoghene Esq.; Zainab Bola Esq.; Moses Akanno Esq.; Iyidobi Callistus Esq. Dadison Ikpuka Esq.; Innocent Ekpen Esq. Ben Chris Esq.; Okhilwa Osadebe Esq. Uduma Sarah Esq.; Alonu Ifeanyi Esq. Idahosa Nosa Esq.; Iyamu Ehis Esq. Abiri Constance Esq.; Omakor Daniel Esq.; Nwaeke Ephraim Esq.; Aholo Patience Esq. Ude Ifeanyi Esq.; Precious Mbreh Esq.; Clifford Ebueni Esq.; Jaclyn Odion Esq.; Kwesi Gina Esq.
Ojeh Onome Esq. Isege Ihomehe Esq.; Omokide Florence Esq. Ife Cindy Esq.
Others are Okonji Ynonne Esq.; Ifoh Brenda Esq.; Aliogo Victor Esq.; Hycernt Ubah Esq.; Odia Stacey Esq.; Afokwalam Chima Esq.; Nosa Andrew Esq. Habu Audu Esq. ; Bashirat Abdul Esq.; Oba-mero Majek Esq.; Agheyere Joshua Esq.; Agbon Clement Esq.; Basira Buhari Esq.; Onoja Esther Esq.
Onunemuhie Collins Esq. Ganiyu Yusuf Esq.; Aibangbe Nosayaba Esq.; Michael Okafor Esq.; Tony Mordi Esq.; Akhigbe Joseph Esq.; Boye Ganiyat Esq.; Aliyu Galadima Esq.; Idonu Emmanuel Esq.; Joy Alero Esq.; Hawau Aliyu Esq. Bayei Nana Esq.; Garba Husseni Esq.; Lucky Edobor Esq.; Ibrahim Ahmed Esq. Dirisu Ewijiele Esq.; Sule Momodu Esq.; Ejim-adu Emmanuel Esq.; Olodia Nathan Esq. and Girei Fatai Esq.
Source: ThisDay Online