Africa

‘Don’t force the dying on the living’

Nigerian politicians have until Wednesday to resolve the presidential crisis or face a mass action, the pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly Tunde Bakare said yesterday in Lagos.

“We will storm Abuja at a time we will not announce and we will not leave until this mess is sorted out,” Mr. Bakare, who is also a leader of the Save Nigeria Group made the call during a sermon broadcast live on the Africa Independent Television.

“Our hard-worn democracy, though battered by Generals in mufti, is now at the brink of collapse in the hands of ‘sons of necessity’ thrust upon us by those who do not wish our country well for whatever reasons known to them,” he said.

“Those of us old enough have seen this phenomenon before during the era of sit-tight premiers who considered leadership as their birth-right and plunged our nation into the crisis that paved way for those not trained in the art and politics of nation building to ravage our land.”

Mr. Bakare said he sympathized with the ailing President who, “after almost 100 days of grave illness and first-class medical treatment and attention, is still not in a position to carry out his statutory duties as the Executive President of the most populous black nation on the earth. We must and we will continue to pray to God to resolve the health issue of Mr. President in his best interest and that of our nation.”

Arrest Tilde, Adeniyi and Onoyvieta

Meanwhile, the Save Nigeria Group through their attorney, Femi Falana, has called for the arrest and prosecution of the President’s aides for treasonable felony.

The listed Presidential aides include the Chief Security Officer, Yusuf Muhammed Tilde, the Aide-de-camp to the president, Mustapha Onoyvieta, and the special assistant to the president on media, Segun Adeniyi.

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