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UNIPORT Alumni President Warns Against Usurping Osinbajo’s Power

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The National President of the University of Port Harcourt Alumni Association, Chief Chris Adokeme, on Wednesday said there should not be much worry over the long absence of President Muhammadu Buhari who is receiving medical attention in London, The United Kingdom.

He said Nigerians should instead concentrate on ensuring that the acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, had unfettered powers to carry out his duties.

Adokeme, who spoke with our correspondent in Abuja, said Buhari’s absence could only become an issue of concern to Nigerians if he had not handed over to Osinbajo before leaving the country.

He said, “I don’t see any problem in the President being absent. It would have been an issue if he did not hand over power to the acting President.

“Instead of concerning ourselves with the absence of the President, we should ensure that the acting President is given unfettered powers to perform his functions.

“That is why all men of goodwill should feel concerned about the talks about a cabal hijacking power to the detriment of the larger society. Those are the kind of things that should bother us and not whether the President is sick.”

Adokeme also faulted the calls for the return of the country to the era of regional governments.

“I disagree with the suggestion of going back to the days of regional governments. That will be a very expensive and almost unrealisable venture because the immediate implication of that is that the current 36 states structure will be gone.

“Many people will lose their jobs: governors, deputy governors and senators among others. It will face very stiff opposition and it cannot be easily realised,” he said.

He, however, agreed that restructuring would go a long way in resolving the problems facing the country.

“Restructuring is about remaining faithful to the concept of federalism. It is not as if anybody is asking for anything new. It is not a new way of solving issues. It is just that Nigeria is a federation and we should act as one.

“Power indeed should devolve to the states. If that is done, it will bring down the social tension at the federal level.

“Part of the problems why the Presidency has become a do-or-die affair is because of too much power concentrated at the centre. We should execute the concept of a Federal Government in the true sense of the word,” he added.

On the ongoing students’ unrest in UNIPORT, Adokeme said the university authorities had been fair to the students on the matter.

He said the unrest had to do with the insistence of the school authorities that fees must be paid, otherwise students would not be allowed to register or sit for examinations.

“My position is that it is a fair position by the university authorities because we are talking about N45,000 per semester and the university has agreed that these payments can be spread to be paid over even four installments.

“That means for about N10,000 monthly, students are through with their fees. We think any serious student should be able to meet up with that,” he added.

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