Breaking News: Sick Nigeria President Yar'Adua 'to hand over power'

Date: 06-02-2010 10:56 pm (11 years ago) | Author: Daniel Bosai
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Nigeria's ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua will write a letter handing power over to his vice-president, his adviser has told the BBC. The letter, formally informing the Senate that Mr Yar'Adua is on "medical vacation", automatically means his deputy becomes acting president.

The president's allies have previously resisted calls for him to step aside.

He has been in a hospital in Saudi Arabia since November, prompting fears of a power vacuum and street protests.

The president is suffering from an inflammation of the lining around the heart and has long suffered from kidney problems.

Nigeria's powerful state governors have said they believe Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan should be acting president.

Cabinet split

The BBC's Caroline Duffield in Lagos says Nigeria's political struggle over the president's fitness to rule may be nearing an endgame.

The president's special adviser on legislative affairs, Abba Aji, did not say when Mr Yar'Adua would write the letter but he said there would be no "undue delay".

 YAR'ADUA ILLNESS TIMELINE
23 November 2009 Goes to hospital in Saudi Arabia
26 November Presidential doctors say he has pericarditis - inflammation of the heart lining
23 December First court case filed urging him to step down
5 January 2010 Two more court cases filed, rights group wants president declared "missing"
12 January President gives first interview from Saudi Arabia
27 January Cabinet declares president fit
29 January Court says no need for formal transfer of power

For weeks, Nigeria has been beset with rumours and hoaxes over whether the president is alive or dead, our correspondent says.

His failure to transfer powers to his deputy before he left created a power vacuum - in which fear and false reports flourished, she says.

Newspapers said the president was brain dead - or struck dumb.

There were apparently official statements claiming the president was discharged from hospital. They later turned out not to be true.

Political tensions have been high - government business has stalled and legislation been frozen and cracks have appeared in the uneasy peace in the oil-producing Niger Delta.

Earlier this week, the first signs of a split emerged in Nigeria's cabinet, when Information Minister Dora Akunyili urged her colleagues to admit that the president was no longer fit to govern.

But she was shouted down in the cabinet meeting, government sources told the BBC.

The federal high court has ruled that there is no constitutional requirement for the president to hand over power when he is abroad receiving medical treatment.

But he now appears to have given in to all the pressure.

Nigeria's split between the mainly Muslim north and the mainly Christian south has complicated the issue, analysts say.

Northern power-brokers may be reluctant to see Mr Yar'Adua, a northerner, hand over power to Vice-President Jonathan, from the south, before the next scheduled presidential elections in 2011.

Since the return to civilian rule, power has usually rotated between the regions.


Posted: at 6-02-2010 10:56 PM (11 years ago) | Hero
- black_samurai at 6-02-2010 11:33 PM (11 years ago)
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Its about f..king time!

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- prince775 at 6-02-2010 11:59 PM (11 years ago)
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Goodluck should be very smart and wise, this is the time for us to turn things around. we are tired of the Noutherners and their political games.
Posted: at 6-02-2010 11:59 PM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- styles2009 at 7-02-2010 12:23 AM (11 years ago)
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I'll support kickin their behind very hard

Posted: at 7-02-2010 12:23 AM (11 years ago) | Upcoming
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- sahga at 7-02-2010 12:35 AM (11 years ago)
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One bastards goes out another one comes in
Posted: at 7-02-2010 12:35 AM (11 years ago) | Upcoming
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- kenbrown11 at 7-02-2010 01:52 AM (11 years ago)
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i no say dis na april fool bcos d south south no fit leave power, sam sam
Posted: at 7-02-2010 01:52 AM (11 years ago) | Newbie
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- Regenesis at 7-02-2010 03:22 AM (11 years ago)
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It's not official yet, from what I know. But we'll see, won't we?

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- Corrosive11 at 7-02-2010 04:17 AM (11 years ago)
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let dora stay quiet or she will have herself to be blame.stupid woman
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- Kundeohmar at 7-02-2010 06:53 AM (11 years ago)
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Quote from: prince775 on  6-02-2010 11:59 PM
Goodluck should be very smart and wise, this is the time for us to turn things around. we are tired of the Noutherners and their political games.
Quote from: prince775 on  6-02-2010 11:59 PM
Goodluck should be very smart and wise, this is the time for us to turn things around. we are tired of the Noutherners and their political games.
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Then u most be tired to be your self !
Posted: at 7-02-2010 06:53 AM (11 years ago) | Newbie
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- Fantastic2m at 7-02-2010 07:05 AM (11 years ago)
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Go go go buddy. . Its time for SOUTH SOUTH (BAYELSA , DELTA EDO AND NEIGHBORS) TO LOOK LIKE ABUJA AND OTHER AMERICAN LIKE NIGERIA . We're solidly behind u.
Posted: at 7-02-2010 07:05 AM (11 years ago) | Newbie
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- smog200 at 7-02-2010 08:02 AM (11 years ago)
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What if power was not imposed on him as a president:will he not know dat it is high time for him to treat his heart ailmet,was it when he was elected as president that he also had kidney problem.........Well money do kome everything has 2 be treated before he steps down bcos he's sure dat he is not goin for d second term
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- smog200 at 7-02-2010 08:09 AM (11 years ago)
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What if power was not imposed on him as a president:will he not know dat it is high time for him to treat his heart ailmet,was it when he was elected as president that he also had kidney problem.........Well money do kome everything has 2 be treated before he steps down bcos he's sure dat he is not goin for d second term Roll Eyes[color=may God help us pink][/color] Wink
Posted: at 7-02-2010 08:09 AM (11 years ago) | Newbie
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- SOLOMATINS at 7-02-2010 08:16 AM (11 years ago)
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HOPE THIS IS NOT A RUMOUR........MR PRESIDENT SHOULD HANDOVER BUT HIS WIFE IS THE MAJOR PROBLEM WHICH THE SENATORS CAN'T GO AGAINST.
Posted: at 7-02-2010 08:16 AM (11 years ago) | Newbie
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- iyke1 at 7-02-2010 09:02 AM (11 years ago)
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he will hand over is just a matter of time but not handing over is the problem, is if the goodlock of a man will play his cards well, this is the time for a change in power
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- walf_nik at 7-02-2010 09:32 AM (11 years ago)
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It's nt a bad idea bt d question is WILL MR JONATHAN FOLLOW THE 7 POINTS AGENDA???
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- ibobobelvis at 7-02-2010 12:28 PM (11 years ago)
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lets watch and see!!at least we ve waiting since november!!

Posted: at 7-02-2010 12:28 PM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- viotita at 7-02-2010 01:31 PM (11 years ago)
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The time is now or never, the head must not be turn upside down, they make the rules they must bear it, the rich vs the rich, PDP vs. PDP, North vs. South, dreams come through for the minorities'....sheyyy sheyyy, i feel for the northerners, they must hand-over to the south......lol....na true true talk na...lol
Posted: at 7-02-2010 01:31 PM (11 years ago) | Newbie
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- silvel at 7-02-2010 02:42 PM (11 years ago)
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President Umaru Yar'Adua implemented the seven piont ageda, nigeria has not been able to solve any of those ageda,but nigeria is now facing another ageda which Umaru Yar'Adua fail to added to his ageda,soon goodluck will add his,nigerai should watch those people carefully against their self interest.
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- Fajiwe at 7-02-2010 03:09 PM (11 years ago)
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New government with new idealogy, it s nt necessary dat mr Goodluck shd following 7 pts. agenda, bcos dis has no meaning to nigerian
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- Olatje at 7-02-2010 03:11 PM (11 years ago)
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That is good news and let the Hausa folks go swallow their pills.They are the odd ones in Nigeria
Posted: at 7-02-2010 03:11 PM (11 years ago) | Newbie
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