Acting President Goodluck Jonathan has been urged to set up a panel of enquiry to investigate the last few months of departed President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
According to a cross section of Nigerians responding to questions from EMNnews.com, a situation whereby a group of gangsters took over the sit of power for so long and subjected the nation to humiliating gang-play leaves much to convince the world we are all a nation of fools.
A London lawyer, who wants to remain anonymous, told EMnnews.com:“The security of the state and that of the new government will be in terrible danger unless something is done to bring to books those proving to be larger than the nation and hold her into ransom.
The last few months of the Ex-president had witnessed an historical political power- play by a group of gangster politicians who hijacked the nation’s presidency engaging in cocktails of illegalities.
The so called cronies who were very close to the corridors of power had managed the affairs of the Presidency even before Yar’Adua’s eventual transfer to Saudi Arabia’s private Hospital. And the exit offered the cronies a free signed check book in the Presidency engaging in forgery and protocol manipulation.
A source said:”They took over initiatives and personalised the Presidency calling the shots and fooling the entire nation”.
An observer said: It was like witnessing a movie as Yar’Adua was turned to a pawn and used as political tunnel for looting and manipulations. The culprits must be made to face justice otherwise there are more dangers ahead.A chapter has ended, a new one may soon be opening as these men are still around the corridors of power
Meanwhile, Governor Goodluck Jonathan being sworn in on Thursday has pledged to continue all laudable programmes started by his predecesoor, Umaru Yar’Adua.
“We must enshrine the best standards in our democratic practice”he said.
“One of the true tests,” according to him, “would be to ensure that all votes count and are counted in the upcoming general elections”.
He added that the effort at ensuring the sustenance of peace and development in the Niger Delta as well as security of life and property throughout the country would be of topmost priority in the remaining period of this administration.
He once again assured Nigerians that the pledges he had made “to improve the socio-economic situation, which we face through improved access to electricity, water, education, health facilities and other social amenities would continue to be given the needed emphasis”,pointing out that “the welfare of our teeming workers and the unemployed youths would also be accorded a new impetus”.
The new President urged Nigerians to remain steadfast and committed to the values and aspirations of the nation.Paying glowing tributes to his late predecessor, Jonathan said “President Yar’Adua’s contributions to political development and good governance would never be forgotten, adding,
“He will therefore always occupy a pride of place in the political history of our dear Nation”.He described the late Yar’Adua as “a man of great personal integrity, deep devotion to God and outstanding humility”, saying “In all his public service, he displayed uncommon commitment to the peace, progress and unity of our country”.Pointing out that Yar’Adua left a profound legacy that provides a firm foundation for Nigeria’s future, Jonathan lamented that “his exit has therefore created a huge vacuum in his personal contributions to the political growth and development of our nation;
I have lost not just a boss but a good friend and brother”. While offering his “heartfelt condolences on the demise of our amiable leader”, the new President pledged to stand by the late President’s widow,Hajia Turai Yar’ Adua, the children, his aged mother, Hajia Habiba Musa Yar Adua, and the entire Yar’Adua family.The swearing-in ceremony was witnessed by the new First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, the Senate President, Senator David Mark, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Dimeji Bankole, members of the Executive Council of the Federation (EXCOF), the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ahmed Yayale, Service Chiefs and other top government officials.