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Saturday, January 24, 2009

More rumors about Nigerian president

President Yar'Adua unexpectedly goes on vacation. The Nigerian newspapers are full of speculation about his health -- again. When hard facts are not apparent, speculation rages. And the political results are...?

Yar'Adua Goes On Leave

"President Umaru Musa Yar‘Adua is to proceed on a two week leave from official duties with effect from next Monday, the Federal Government announced yesterday...

"The statement signed by did not reveal how and where President Yar'Adua would be spending his annual leave...

"President Yar'Adua was away from the country for seventeen days between August and September last year officially on pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. However while he was in that country there were repeated agency reports that he used his time in Saudi Arabia to seek treatment for some ailment..."

Jonathan Takes Charge, As Yar'Adua Goes On Two-Week Leave

"Vice President Goodluck Jonathan will for two weeks, effective Monday January 26, assume full presidential powers in the absence of President Umaru Yar'Adua who proceeds on leave...

"The matter of Yar'Adua's health became an issue since the days following his nomination as the PDP candidate for the April 19 2007 presidential election when he was rumoured to have died during a medical trip to Germany in the thick of the campaign...

"It is unclear if the two-week leave announced yesterday has anything to do with his health this time around.

"But the President is expected to conduct the wedding ceremony of his daughter, Nafisat and the Bauchi State governor, Isa Yuguda in Katsina today.

"After which he is expected to return to Abuja to host a wedding reception at the villa before proceeding on leave."

Yar'Adua Begins 2-Week Leave Monday

"After weeks of speculations about another trip by President Umaru Musa Yar'adua to seek medical treatment abroad, the Presidency yesterday confirmed that the President will be proceeding on a two-week leave...

"Yar'adua who is believed to have chronic kidney problems, travelled to Saudi Arabia for more than two weeks in August last year."

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