Date Published: 05/12/10
The President's Death
NIGERIA DEMOCRATIC LIBERTY FORUM. (NDLF)
May 7th, New York, NY; The NDLF receives with shock the news of the death
of President Umaru Yar'Adua after a prolonged illness. We express our
condolences to his family and Nigerians for the untimely death of Yar'Adua
This moment should also afford the Nigerian government an opportunity to
critically focus at the state of our health care. We all witnessed the
embarrassement caused the people of Nigeria by the extended period of stay
of the former President in foreign hospitals ostensibly because there are
no hospitals that could adequately provide the health care services he
It is quite sad that inspite of the enormous resources at our disposal the
country does not have a hospital where early detection and care of
serious ailments could be undertaken so that we could be spared avoidable
deaths. This is indeed a shame!
While President Umaru Yar'Adua was struggling with his life, the reported
roles of those who were around him should be condemned. Not only did they
not allow him to continue his treatment when he was smuggled into the
country in a selfish move to hold onto power, but they also attempted to
destabilize the country by ensuring that he did not hand over to his vice
president thus heating up the polity and creating pervasive
We expect that those who have found themselves in public office would
realize that they would also be confronted with the consequences of their
failure in ensuring the development of the country if they continue to
neglect the well being of the people.
The NDLF hereby calls on Nigerian government officials to rededicate
themselves to the service of the people bearing in mind the inevitable
transient nature of power and also the mortality of mankind.
The Nigerian national assembly should ensure that a total review of the
Nigerian constitution is undertaken as a continuous exercise to address
provisions that are palpably incongruous or simply do not promote good
governance noting that the constitution in place was handed over by the
To the new President, we expect that he would appreciate the trajectory
that took him to power and ensure that the country moves towards a
rebirth. However, we are not oblivious of the fact that President Goodluck
Jonathan is a product of a corrupt political system and also beholden to
forces that have kept the country in a state of economic stupor.
The NDLF hereby calls on all Nigerians not to let down their guards as the
baton of power changes hands. We need to be vigilant, involved and demand
that we would not settle for anything less than a country that we all
would be proud of in the community of nations.