Some members of the cabinet urged the Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, to caution the Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, against what they called persistent inflammatory remarks.
In an interview a couple of days ago, Dora went on the record by stating that the Cabal should tell the truth about the health condition of Yar’Adua and “stop lying to the public.” She also made it known that neither herself nor the Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan had seen the President since his return last week. In her words: “No one has seen the president since his arrival, not even the acting president, or any cabinet member….I am the minister of information but if you ask me, I have no information about this matter.”
Two days ago, Members of the House of Representatives from the 19 northern states, under the aegis of the “Northern Members Caucus,” asked the information and communication minister, Dora Akunyili to resign if she was no longer comfortable serving in the government.
“The caucus expresses grave concern over the recent statements credited to the Information minister suggesting systemic undermining of the functioning of the Acting President, regardless of its security implications.
The correct option in the circumstances of her total objection to decision of the Council is to resign,” the caucus added.
In addition, several government officials have come out against the information minister and calling for her resignation in what seems to be a very bizarre stand as most Nigerians feel like Mrs. Akunyili is simply speaking the truth and not conforming to the secrecy that has surrounded the Yar’Adua disappearance fiasco.
Prof. Akunyili is currently in New York, USA as part of Nigeria’s delegation to the 54th Session of the United Nations Special Commission on the Status of Women, popularly known as Beijing Plus 15 currently going on at the UN Headquarters.
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