By Toluwabori Ojo & Yekeen Nurudeen:
THE United States (U.S.) yesterday warned of the consequences of forcing ailing President Umaru Yar’ Adua to resume the job he left 93 days ago.
Yar’Adua jetted out to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment over acute pericarditis on Novemeber 23, last year.
Worried U.S., which said its apprehension was based on intelligence report, warned that Yar’Adua’s health may not be sound enough to cope with the demands of his office.
Specifically, the U.S. Government warned power brokers in Nigeria against plunging the country into a fresh round of instability by rushing him back to office.
According to the U.S., the economic, political and security challenges in Nigeria require a leader with a sound and strong health to manage.
In a statement by the Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of African Affairs, Johnnie Carson, the U.S. expressed concern that overzealous aides may cash in on the situation to create a renewed uncertainty in the polity for personal benefits.
The statement entitled: President Yar’Adua’s return to Nigeria, reads: “The United States welcomes the news of President Yar’Adua’s return to Nigeria. We hope that his health is sufficient to enable him to fully resume his official duties.
“Nigeria needs a strong, healthy and effective leader to ensure the stability of the country and manage (Nigeria’s) many political, economic and security challenges.
“Recent reports, however, continue to suggest that President Yar’Adua’s health remains fragile and that he may still be unable to fulfil the demands of his office.
“We hope that President Yar’Adua’s return to Nigeria is not an effort by his senior advisors to upset Nigeria’s stability and create renewed uncertainty in the democratic process.
“Nigeria is an extra-ordinarily important country to its friends and partners, and all of those in positions of responsibility should put the health of the President and the best interests of the country and the people of Nigeria above personal ambition and gain.
“As a nation of 150 million people, Nigeria’s democracy and its continued adherence to contitutional rule should be the highest priority.”
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