Written by Idowu Samuel:
The decision by Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to return General Aliyu Gusau to governance has started making meaning, following moves by the new National Security Adviser (NSA) to crack the
jigsaw puzzle on the true condition and where abouts of ailing President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
Gusau who had closely served four generations of Nigerian past leaders, including General Muhammadu Buhari, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, came out of retirement to assume office as the new NSA.
His return to the Presidential Villa, last week, as a replacement for sacked Major General Sarki Muktar was greeted with suspicion on the basis that he was recalled into government as a ploy to wet the appetite of former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida on his possible return to Aso Rock as the next President of Nigeria.
Muktar was reportedly sacked by Acting President Jonathan on suspicion that national security under his command had been compromised.
Investigations by Sunday Tribune revealed, however, that the first major task being considered by General Gusau revolved round assuaging the tension over the whereabouts of ailing President Yar’Adua who had remained invisible since he was spirited into Nigeria, under the cover of darkness from Saudi Arabia where he stayed for more than 93 days.
It was scooped that the new NSA had started considering a meeting with the First Lady, Hajiya Turai Yar’Adua and relevant members of his family with a view to obtaining relevant information required in dousing tension over his state of health, and to ultimately pave the way for smooth running of governance.
Turai, it is now believed in security circles, would, this time around, not play pranks with the Nigerian security department on Yar’Adua’s matters, given the seriousness with which the new security top shot was aiming to decode the riddles surrounding the health condition of her husband in the interest of the nation.
Officials of government who were part of the plans to draw Yar’Adua out from hiding told Sunday Tribune that a possible refusal by Turai to comply with the subtle approach this time would leave the government with no option than to declare Yar’Adua incapacitated, and hence unfit to continue governing Nigeria, having offered him a rope long enough.
It was learnt that all things being equal, the plan by the NSA office to finally settle all matters relating with Yar’Adua and governance would not exceed the next two weeks, if only to enable the Acting President address his mind to the daunting challenges already confronting Nigeria.
Part of the main agenda, being put in abeyance by Jonathan, is the proposed cabinet shake- up meant to weed out ministers known to have constituted themselves as liabilities to Nigeria, as they had reportedly cashed in on the state of health of President Yar’Adua to commit abominable acts.
The acting president had kept on avoiding a major shake up of the cabinet despite intense pressure on him. His resolve to do that penultimate week was said to have been shelved owing to speculations and suggestions about the sudden recovery of the ailing President and his preparedness to return to his seat in a matter of days.
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