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Yar’Adua: Activists set for civil disobedience

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The last is yet to be heard about President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua’s health. The Save Nigeria Group (SNG) yesterday said it would embark on mass action from March 10 to

ensure that constitutionality is restored in the country.

The mass action will be followed by a nationwide civil disobedience aimed at protesting the current political situation in the country, the group said.

SNG’s planned action comes a few days after the Executive Council of the Federation (EXCOF), National Assembly, leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Governors Forum successfully stopped any attempt to debate, start an impeachment process or declare Yar’Adua incapacitated.

The group said it was particularly disappointed by EXCOF for colluding with governors to stop the invocation of Section 144 of the 1999 Constitution, meant to determine the fitness of the President to continue in office.

Speaking on behalf of the group in Abuja, Mallam Salihu Lukman, said SNG would roll out a series of actions to “retrieve the country from the iron fisted clutches of the cabal”.

This is in demonstration of their readiness to put an end to the reign of illegality, he argued.

Lukman disclosed that the first in the series “is a mass movement to convey the feelings of Nigerians to the next meeting of the EXCOF in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Wednesday, March 10, 2010.

“This shall be a prelude to other forms of nationwide civil disobedience measures to put a final closure to the shenanigans of the cabal and enforce electoral reforms to ensure that we are no longer with in the old days”.

The group called on Nigerians to join hands to bring about this desired change. “We are in for a sustained and focused struggle to end the second slavery.

“We do not promise that this road will not be rough; it is just that there is no other way if we are committed to salvaging our country. But one thing we are absolutely sure is that victory is certain,” he said.

The group said that the actions of the Governors’ Forum and EXCOF in the last 72 hours are clear indications to Nigerians that it is dealing with selfish and irrational people who would not follow the path of reason and save the nation from needless crises.

The group warned that Nigerians are running out of patience as there are limits to how far a country can survive on good luck. It called for a constitutional resolution to the “anomaly of an invisible President co-existing with an Acting President constantly undermined by the cabal by the invocation of Section 144 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria without further delay.”

It urged the Acting President to constitute a non-partisan transitional cabinet of the brightest and the best from all corners of Nigeria to chart a new course for the country.

Also present at the briefing were the leader of SNG, Pastor Tunde Bakare; President of West Africa Bar Association, Mr. Femi Falana; Mr. Tanko Yinusa; Mr. Jimmy Agbaje; Mr. Tola Ayo-Adeyemi; Mrs. Joe Okei-Odumakin; Mr. Yinka Odumakin; Mr. Willy Ezeugwu; Mr. Osita Okechukwu, Nagatu Mohammed and Shehu Sani.

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