The Senate Tuesday resolved to have Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan as Acting President until President Umar Musa Yar'Adua returns from his medical trip abroad and is fit to return to his position.

The senate resolution Tuesday was the climax of intensive lobbying by both Pro-Jonathan Senators and the Pro-Yar'Adua group in the upper legislative House.

It would be recalled that the Governors Forum, the Arewa Consultative Forum and even the Information Minister Prof. Dora Akunyili, have all called for the official recognition of Jonathan Goodluck as acting President pending the full recovery of ailing President Yar'Adua who has been away for over 70 days on medical trip in Saudi Arabia. Details later...

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Comment by Sani Garba Mohammed on February 10, 2010 at 7:36pm
You see, the action of NASS is unconstitutional, they are after protecting their interest. there is ni patriotism, nationalism or constitutionalism, sorry for Nigeria
Comment by jerry vandi on February 10, 2010 at 6:49pm
pls any of the leader answer me about this mater is any of u want and see him? or we say that he is death
Comment by Paul Sceptre on February 10, 2010 at 5:48pm
Lies may travel a long distance but truth will surely overtake it.
Comment by Canigwe on February 10, 2010 at 5:16pm
Massage to Mr. Jonathan Goodluck: my little tip for you is to give more concetration to the grass root sytem of government which Nigeria adopted but do not practice; it will plese the citizens when most communities start to percieve the presence of government around them in their communities, not at the local government levels only. The point Mr. Acting President is to present a bill to set up a civic centre in all the communities in Nigeria-that will help to solve 80% the problem our country have today. Ask me how by replying to this comment, and may God guide you.
Comment by OGBONNA N on February 10, 2010 at 5:00pm
The recent development should be welcome. Of course we can choose not to loose hope completely in our country Nigeria. Correct as it may be that the structures upon which the leaders emerge are always premised on faulty foundations, howbeit the opportunity is there to test each individual by his performance/merits. Mr Goodluck Jonathan as Ag President by this logic is an omen we have to encourage despite it's uncommon emergence. I just pray him wisdom and God's guidance that he should be able to take the right decision and through his leadership deliver Nigeria from the cream of leadership PDP has given this country. From my judgement all we need is good governance not a perfect constitution not even a parliament of saints. All that our beloved country needs so desperately is not a Muslim or Christian or a Hausa or an Ibo or Yoruba or Niger Deltan as President but we believe in a universally acceptable qualitative leadership in governance. Now I think the National Assembly should guard her loins and commence on relavant amendments to our constitution such that no person or group of person would find it simple to hold the Nation to ransome again, no! not even in the near future. God Bless us all. All should Pray For Nigeria that the good may prevail against the evil in our time...
Comment by Canigwe on February 10, 2010 at 4:52pm
That the Senate just aproved the induction of Jonathan Goodluck as acting president-should we jump on our feet. That-Democracy prevailed at last, after the Nigerian Leaders had made a fool of themselves and disgraced our Nation world wide, by proving to them that our dear Nation operates unconstitutional: Should we present a trophy to them and give them a hand shake for doing a simple assignment like that. Please give a break.
Comment by Ikechukwu Nnochiri on February 10, 2010 at 4:09pm
Rumor is making rounds that the indefatigable Attorney-General of Yar'Adua..sorry the Federation, Aoodoakaa may have received the boot today! In fact grapevine sources said he was barred by heavily armed police men from entering his office located inside the Ministry of Justice complex Maitama, this morning..... i will sure keep you guys posted on this development! lol
Comment by Dr Buki Morgan on February 10, 2010 at 3:59pm

If Jonathan does not completely reshuffle the entire cabinet then he is a greater fool than we thought he is. STRONG LANGUAGE INDEED, but carefully chosen, not to offend, BUT TO STRESS THE GRAVE ISSUE AT STAKE.

A knife is now firmly being held between his shoulder blades, and the only way to rid himself of this threat is by a complete change of the guards at Aso Rock. In a previous article I suggested how this could be accomplished and yet retain some semblance of legitimacy. (see below)

The current individuals that he has at the moment, watching over him, bar none are the creators of this dilemma and would prove to be his nemesis if he were to retain them.

He must not forget that this new administration, in the making is a band-aid government, held together by the barest thread of constitutionalism, and that its legality can be successfully challenged in any court of law. One vital thing in his favour, however is that the eyes of world opinion, especially that of the US and UK is upon our situation. And it appears that any solution from henceforth that does not meet the global yardstick of justice and fairness, especially as to the Niger-Delta crisis, the constitutional reform of our electoral laws and of our basic articles of union, will not be acceptable.

Nobody, not even David Mark, who could be said to be one-breath away from the presidency, can try any funny tricks again. Should Jonathan choose to retain the NASS; and it might be better if he didn’t, they should all take it that they are on their last chance. Collective trial of the leadership for treason would have been more appropriate, and no doubt will have met with the overwhelming approval of most Nigerians.

If the populace are not restive as at now, it is not because, the constitution, the judiciary, the executive or the National assembly have measured up to the challenge; it is simply because, being Nigerians we are still willing to give our ‘democracy’ and this band-aid arrangement some last chance, rather than a military take-over.

Lest any-one should forget it, from Yayale and the FEC, Yuguda and the family affair, Saraki and his cottery of state governors, Mark, Bankole and the national assembly, certain members of the judiciary and finally the corrupt assemblage that is the PDP; let them not forget that by the inept way this crisis has been handled from its inception to the present denoument, they have failed this nation woefully as politicians, leaders or statesmen. Attempts at the manipulation of the Constitution by a group of people, whether civilian or military, constitutes an act of TREASON.

Dr Buki Morgan MBBS psc
Colindale, London & Surulere, Lagos.
Posted 10 Feb 2010 1440 hrs


The current path being mapped out for Nigeria by some dodgy elements from the axis of evil is one that is fraught with danger and evil forbodings. If care is not taken, it is one that will surely lead down the slippery slope to hell.

To start with this same group of evil men deliberately hijacked the constitution late last year, and aided and abetted by the AGF and some compliant judge, continued their macabre dance of playing with words and our future. Now when all else have failed to vindicate them, they come up with the unkindest cut of all. Impose a government on us that will continue to do their bidding.

Right through it all, Jonathan remained a pawn in their grubby hands. A man without a will, and the poorest example, in times like this , of a leader who will lead from the front.

However, if this is the best we have to work with, that is as close to a semblance of constitutional authority, at least till the year 2011, let us fashion for ourselves the most practical and expedient band-aid administration as best we can.

Jonathan’s lack of demonstrable leadership attributes implies a discernible and inherent weakness in any administration he may head, not unless it is fortified by proven and effective intellectual hands that will give it global credibility and support from its inception. We may need to re-draft Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Emeka Anyaoku and Chris Kolade. Secondly, the intellectual weakness would be further threatened by the question of the security of the state and the Jonathan administration. Hence any regime that plans to dispense completely with the status quo, must understand that it poses a threat to the prevailing vested interests. This evil axis will stop at nothing to destabilise it.

Two facts emanate from this realisation: One its legitimacy must be backed by some form of popular endorsement till 2011 at least: say an approving referendum of the people or massive rally in support thereof and Two enough muscle power that will deter any adventurist exploitation at destabilisation. A certain way to discourage the axis of evil is to have one or two members of the security service man the ministries of defence and internal affairs. That should not be too hard to do, since it is in no way suggestive of a military take-over which chiefs of defence staff have publicly disavowed.

Finally, a break with the past, means a CLEAN BREAK WITH THE PAST. It will mean proscribing for the moment all instruments of government that remotely had legitimacy under the PDP and the Yar ‘Adua administration. It is not the perfect solution and one does not claim an immutable answer to this urgent national problem.


Dr Buki Morgan MBBS psc
Colindale, London & Surulere, Lagos.

Posted 07 Feb 2010 2010hrs
Comment by uu maduka on February 10, 2010 at 3:07pm
I am excited that the senate has shown courage in the resolution of an inpending national crisis , but will like the Acting President to immediately reshuffle his cabinet and replace political ministers whose positions are suspiscious, with more dependable and thrustworthy leutenants . Failure to expung these men and women will definitely cause him untold pains.
Comment by Ikechukwu Nnochiri on February 10, 2010 at 2:31pm
No body will ever allow Ag.President Goodluck Jonathan to deputize him or her in any capacity again!..not even as a deputy chairman of a church committee! this is evident as antecedents have proved that he is notorious for succeeding his Oga's amidst flurry of controversies! happened between him and Alamiesiagha and now it has happened again!....How many times can one be so Lucky?...the situation is Good for the country shaa!.....just wishing dat we do not wallow in the belly of a manipulated fish..just like the biblical

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