Orbits :Al-Mahdi Stance Deserves Appreciation
According to news articles, National Umma Party (NUP) leader, Al-Sadiq Al Mahdi, has declared full support to efforts by Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) to repel attack launched by South Sudan’s SPLA against the oil-rich territory of Heglig.
Al-Mahdi, Sudan’s former Prime Minister visited the Military Corps Hospital in Omdurman to inspect conditions of the soldiers who were wounded in Heglig.
Speaking to reporters after visiting the injured, Al-Mahdi called on the SPLA for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal from Heglig, saying visiting the wounded is a humanitarian duty.
Al-Mahdi said frankly that they actually want to remove all the causes of disputes which lead to such problems between us and our sisterly state in the South, hoping to achieve success in defusing the crisis and open the way to a comprehensive and just peace agreement.
He emphasized that defusing the crisis could not be achieved unless these forces pull out immediately.
Speaking at his Party’s monthly forum Al-Mahdi lambasted calls for military coup at this particular juncture, citing similar cases in other countries.
The DUP, under the leadership of Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, affirmed that Jihad has now become a national duty, stressing the need for unity of the internal front and full support to SAF and the Popular Defence Forces (PDF) to repulse aggression.
Al-Mahdi did not speak about bringing this or that government official to book.
He did not ask the government to resign after its failure to protect the land as some alleged.
Al-Mahdi simply recognized that it is the time to heal the wounds as the top priority, and after the anticipated SAF victory people can discuss any past shortcomings or failures.
All the failures in Heglig incidents, if any, are the responsibility of the government which is supposed to protect the national sovereignty.
Al-Mahdi put the dots of the (I)s and gave a lesson on how to differentiate between the national and the partisan agendas.
He gave a bright example of a mature politician who tops the national agendas over any other agendas for the sake of Sudan sovereignty.
Al-Mahdi's stance deserves appreciation.
By Muawad Mustafa Rashid, 18/04/2012