Nigeria has become as sick as its President

Published 9 years ago by: Kelly Justice
at 04:01 PM, 7/03/2010 (9 years ago)

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The leadership debacle created by President Umaru Yar'Adua's debilitating absence from Nigeria is far from over despite his return  from a lengthy treatment abroad for an acute heart ailment. Yar'Adua's surprise return threw the country into confusion and revived concerns of a power struggle just two weeks after his deputy Goodluck Jonathan was installed on February 9 as the acting president.

Since then, Yar'Adua has not been seen in public and official delegations have failed to gain access to him. Some observers had expected a cabinet meeting to declare the president permanently unfit to stay in office, in the end however, it made no mention of him. Nigeria's powerful state governors, who nominate ministers, pre-empted the cabinet meeting, declaring that Yar'Adua would remain president while Jonathan would continue in an acting capacity, at the same time the ruling PDP separately announced that to tame the "restiveness" in Nigeria, Jonathan would not stand for elections next year.

Having Yar'Adua in the presidential palace "is like a sword of Damocles hanging over the acting president". But in any case, his poor health means that he may not seek re-election to complete the north's eight year-term. The decision of those who support Jonathan not to press their advantage appears to have eased tensions for now. "There is a lot of tension in the polity. There is the military factor, the ethnic, regional agenda -- all these factors are interplaying right now,"

Others said this week's pronouncements should help deflect attention from Yar'Adua to the 2011 presidential elections and allow Jonathan to ensure a smooth transition.

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chik001 at 07:11 PM, 8/03/2010 (9 years ago)
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Quote from: irule on 04:01 PM,  7/03/2010
The leadership debacle created by President Umaru Yar'Adua's debilitating absence from Nigeria is far from over despite his return  from a lengthy treatment abroad for an acute heart ailment. Yar'Adua's surprise return threw the country into confusion and revived concerns of a power struggle just two weeks after his deputy Goodluck Jonathan was installed on February 9 as the acting president.

Since then, Yar'Adua has not been seen in public and official delegations have failed to gain access to him. Some observers had expected a cabinet meeting to declare the president permanently unfit to stay in office, in the end however, it made no mention of him. Nigeria's powerful state governors, who nominate ministers, pre-empted the cabinet meeting, declaring that Yar'Adua would remain president while Jonathan would continue in an acting capacity, at the same time the ruling PDP separately announced that to tame the "restiveness" in Nigeria, Jonathan would not stand for elections next year.

Having Yar'Adua in the presidential palace "is like a sword of Damocles hanging over the acting president". But in any case, his poor health means that he may not seek re-election to complete the north's eight year-term. The decision of those who support Jonathan not to press their advantage appears to have eased tensions for now. "There is a lot of tension in the polity. There is the military factor, the ethnic, regional agenda -- all these factors are interplaying right now,"

Others said this week's pronouncements should help deflect attention from Yar'Adua to the 2011 presidential elections and allow Jonathan to ensure a smooth transition.


Nigerian "has not become sick" naija had been sick ever since being independent...
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irule at 08:23 PM, 9/03/2010 (9 years ago)
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there must be a way out

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CJ-71 at 08:26 PM, 9/03/2010 (9 years ago)
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"Nigeria A Curse Or A Blessing"

                                             CJ, 2010.
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spekay at 01:03 AM, 10/03/2010 (9 years ago)
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sickness is no crime

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fabmic at 11:09 AM, 10/03/2010 (9 years ago)
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"A fool at fourty is a fool fool 4ever" but Nigeria is over fourty, whats up?
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anthonyolajide at 05:18 PM, 11/03/2010 (9 years ago)
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if we can stop sin against God Nigerians can become better than this, so let us change for good 
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Michro at 05:20 PM, 23/03/2010 (9 years ago)
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You are very correct.
Healthy government, healthy nation
Sick government and sick nation
Sick Yaradua, Sick Nigeria

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irule at 07:14 PM, 23/03/2010 (9 years ago)
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You're right

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Vixenx at 07:54 PM, 23/03/2010 (9 years ago)
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This is nothing new now. I love Nigeria but this has been an ongoing issues that we keep complaining about and no one is doing anything about it. Oya lets keep complaining now
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cadanre at 08:03 PM, 23/03/2010 (9 years ago)
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And so do its citizens

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D9ja at 05:56 PM, 18/11/2011 (7 years ago)
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Dis naija sickness, u sure say e go get cure?
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mallorca at 01:37 AM, 20/11/2011 (7 years ago)
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Quote from: CJ-71 on 08:26 PM,  9/03/2010
"Nigeria A Curse Or A Blessing"

                                             CJ, 2010.
all of the above

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