Confusion in Nigeria as Uncertainty Looms Over The President’s Health

Unwell - President Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar'Adua

The opposition in Nigeria has demanded visual proof that the unwell President Umaru Yar’Adua is fit enough to govern after the President has spent weeks in hospital in Saudi Arabia. The President has been absent from Nigeria for more than a month now since receiving treatment for a heart problem in Saudi Arabia. But the government has refused to update the public on the progress of his recovery. The Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, has been in charge of cabinet meetings but executive powers have not officially been transferred to him. This has led to questions about the legality of the decisions that the the government has been making in the absence of Yar’Adua.

The opposition has demanded that the government provide concrete evidence of Yar’Adua’s physical condition, suggesting a dated video recording of the Nigerian leader in his hospital room in Saudi Arabia. But a spokesman for the president has refused to comment on the demands of the opposition. The Vice President has said he was hopeful the president would return soon and continue with his official duties.

The opposition party is quoted as saying that government assurances over the president’s health were no longer enough and Nigerians wanted to decide for themselves.

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