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Save the Nigerian constitution.

Nigeria is tottering towards collapse, the life and well being of 150 Million people is at risk.
On November 23 2009, the president of the federal republic of Nigeria,President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, was flown to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment. For the past 64 days now the president has been away and yet the vice president is not being allowed to act. This leaves the most populated country in Nigeria without a commander in chief. The Vice President has not beign vested with the constitutional authority to act in Yaradua's stead. There are conflicting reports on the state of the president's health and the federal executive council has refused to tell Nigerian's the true situation of things.

It is crucial that this space in governance be filled soon even if by an acting president so that Nigeria will not slide into chaos.

NEXT is canvassing for a million signatures to demand President Umaru Musa Yar’adua proves that he is fit for office. In the absence of incontrovertible proof, we demand our constitution is upheld. Stand up for Nigeria, stand up for good governance.

Please follow the link below to sign the petition below and save Nigeria from collapse

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mrbeckbeck's picture

Two-week Ultimatum

I just read that the Nigerian courts gave President Yar'adua a 14-day ultimatum, to return to power, or hand off the reigns... what is your reaction to this? Will it help the country from "sliding into chaos" as you say? I am curious what will happen if the VP is sworn in soon. What do you think? What do you hope for?

I hope that Nigeria's constitution is upheld, and that the people have some accountable leadership. That's the challenge with any President...staying true to the people who put them in power. Best of luck to Nigeria, and to all of us.

Thanks for posting an update!

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

olakitike's picture

Hi scott, I replied earlier

Hi scott, I replied earlier in a long comment below. To understand the situation better in the context of Nigerian history, you can read Chimamanda Adichie's HALF OF A YELLOW SUN.

olakitike's picture

Nigeria...hmmmm(sigh)

I think that the ultimatum given by the courts is a welcome development, however this is Nigeria and there have been cases where a court order would be disregarded totally.
If the V.P is sworn in soon, the rising tension in the country will subside to an extent. The events going on presently in Nigeria can only be fully understand except against the backdrop of Nigerian history. Nigeria is made up of three major tribes, the hausa/fulani, the yoruba and the Igbo. There are several minority tribes, the Vice president belongs to one of such minority tribes. The President belongs to the hausa/fulani group which has ruled Nigeria for majority of time as an independent nation. There have been insinuations and indications that the refusal to swear in the V.P is as a result of the refusal of the hausa/fulani tribe to let go of power. The fact that the Vice pResident belongs to a minority tribe seems to butress this.
Futhermore, a similar situation to this was part of the events that led Nigeria into a civil war in 1967. At that time, there was a military coup and the then head of state also a militaryman was killed. The next in line was a southerner, however there was mutiny in the army by the hausa/fulani-northerners and the seat was empty for i think a few days before one of the northerners took over. A few months later, Nigeria was at war.
As it is now, the Niger Delta region where there has been a lot of unrest, kidnapping of oil workers has threatened to sabotage the oil production in this country if the Vice President is not sworn in. This region, where Jonathan the V.P is from is the oil rich region which has been bastardised in oil exploration and knows little development.
Also amongst other things, the 2010 budget is still pending in the National Assembly because there is no one on ground authorised to sign the document, last year the supplementary budget was supposedly signed by the president on his sick bed in Saudi Arabia at the same time when there were reports that he was on life support. The question is who really signed that budget.
Really Scott I could go on and on about the dangerous precedents that are being set and insinuations thatthe military may be set to take over. I hope I have not bored you with the long tale.
I hope that the V.P is sworn in soon as much as I wish Yaradua speedy recovery.

mrbeckbeck's picture

Thank you...such a challenge!

Thanks for your reply Ayobami...it really helps me try to understand. You did not bore me at all! I would love to read more from you!

I had some background information about the power struggles in Nigeria, but I really wanted to hear it from you. Now, I feel that I have a more clear picture of what this current situation is all about. It's so interesting that the VP is from the Niger Delta...I can see that as a key piece of all these delays and the conflicts. Geography, religion, tribe...all of these things play into a complex stew. As the saying goes, are too many cooks spoiling the broth? Where is the potential for some unity?

It's such a shame that a country so incredibly rich in resources, cultural history, and spirit has so much trouble. I really do hope that some sort of unity and peace can take hold without first devolving into civil war. There's so much potential for great things! I feel that what would really help, is listening to the women. A gathering of women leaders from all the tribes/regions could probably figure something out, don't you think? Since they are usually the ones to bear the worst burdens of war and conflict, they could form a vision together....maybe? Do you see this happening?

Ah, I ramble too. I need to read that book! I have it on hold at my local library now...thanks for the suggestion! Wishing you all the best.

Scott

PS- Is it really over 100-degrees F in Nigeria these days?? I can't imagine that helps people's moods and tempers. Sending you many cool-breezes with my love.

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

Nusrat Ara's picture

I will bwe soon reading Half

I will bwe soon reading Half of A yellow sun,. And I hope and pray the people of Nigeria get out of this crisis soon.

Nusrat

jadefrank's picture

Half of a Yellow Sun

Hi Nusrat,

Yes! You will be reading it soon... I am mailing the book, along with a few others today. I am not the fastest reader and I apologize for the delay, but just finally finished this amazing piece of literary genius and historical fiction. You will be moved to another place, another time - the Nigeria-Biafra war in the 1960's.

Hugs,
Jade

Nusrat Ara's picture

Thanks in advance Jade. I

Thanks in advance Jade. I myself am a slow reader. I like to reread lines that I like slowing my pace in return.

Thanks once again.

Love

Nusrat

olutosin's picture

CALL TO SAVE NIGERIA

This is interesting! When I wrote call to save Nigeria, http://worldpulse.com/node/13073, Nigerians in the house were complaining, we must face teh reality of what is on ground, Nigeria needs prayers more than ever, 150 million Nigerians in dilemma! I weep for my nation......

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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