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Is Nigeria's president fit to govern?

11:58 UK time, Wednesday, 24 February 2010

President Umaru Yar'Adua has returned to Nigeria after three months medical treatment in Saudi Arabia. Should he retake power?

Mr Yar'Adua's state of health is unclear, and it is not known whether he wants to return to his post. Nigerians have been questioning whether or not the 58-year-old is fit enough to govern.

In his absence, the country's political elite has been consumed by a power struggle. Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan has been reshuffling ministers, pledging to tackle power shortages and forging ahead with an amnesty for militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

How do you feel about President Yar'Adua's return? Should he retake power? What questions does he need to answer first? How has his absence affected Nigeria? And what does the future hold for the country?

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    There is just something amazing about Mr Goodluck Jonathan, the people he took over power from always return to take back the office, and they always return in the night secretly to show up in the morning with news all over raising dusts of security, but they never finished the tenure, mr Goodluck always does the handing over, lets watch as this unfolds again, welcome back home mr Yaradua.
    God bless the Federal republic of Nigeria.

  • Comment number 2.

    I honestly feel those behind Mr Yaradua taking over power again are with complete hatred for the country the last time he went for medical check he was brought back without need for ambulance meeting him at the airport, if he loves Nigeria as he claims and also his own life, he should not allow the greed of others soil his name, the only thing he can do for Nigeria is to resign, the country would praise him and thank him he did.
    He knows as much as Nigeria knows he is not fit to lead his local government not to mention the entire country

  • Comment number 3.

    Constitutional turmoil? What a shock, a president who doesn't know when it's time to step down. Until we've verified that Yar'Adua is healthy enough to resume his duties, I'll assume his supporters rushed him back to the country before he was declared unfit by the ministerial envoy that had just coincidentally arrived in Saudi to verify his health the day he left.

  • Comment number 4.

    Mr president is back? That's great but my word to him is that 'Long Live Nigeria' if his health can't continue this position he should resign and never allow those sychophants around him push him into early grave. But this sneak-out and sneak-in of a thing is another issue that bothers every right thinking citizen of any country let alone Nigerians

  • Comment number 5.

    Nigerians need to know why Yar'dua did not hand over formally to his assistant but rather left the country at the mercy of political predators. Secondly, the people would like to know why he was rushed home just after his assistant has taken over power. Is he protecting his selfish interest or truly thinking of the good of the nation?

    Mr. Jonathan has been a good boy to the president, unlike Atiku who wanted to overthrow his boss, Obasanjo. Why is he been treated like a leper?

  • Comment number 6.

    Nigeria, a country with such vast oil resources the people could benefit substantially & the country could prosper dramatically. However, because of misrule, corruption & plain stupidity the revenue does not filter down to the people. Instead it is diverted into the pockets of the political elite. This trend is symptomatic of what is wrong with much of Sub-Saharan Africa. Corrupt politicians & inept governance.

  • Comment number 7.

    I feel only the residents of Nigeria know for sure whether he is a suitable President, I hope for the people I know from that country that their President is up to the job both physically and mentally to help Nigeria to advance itself with good leadership.

  • Comment number 8.

    It will be wise for our President to talk to his subjects(Nigerians)if he (President)has finally returns home(Nigeria). we are waiting to hear his Nation Broadcast. please BBC tell him to talk to us. we are waiting.

  • Comment number 9.

    Thank God, our Beloved President is back. And we want our President back on the power and we pray to him quick recovery. We have experiance so many dificulties in terms of our nation's economy and in all sectors because of his absence. So i surjest the acting President to step down at immidiet effect.

  • Comment number 10.

    It is absolute wise to be happy about the return of the president(Umaru Musa Yar'dua). The fact is that the president should resign according 2 his health status he is not fit or capable of retaking the power,so i think the vice-president(Goodluck Jonathan) should continue as the acting president. Thou the absence of d president has affected d country in big time is like having sheeps without shepherd. So i think Nigerians should look forward for the future of the country in the reign of the Vice-president.

  • Comment number 11.

    I think if the president should continue to govern the country it will cause more damage to his health, the way his health status is,is not physical fit,so my opinion is that the vice-president should continue as the acting president.

  • Comment number 12.

    The Yar udua issue has painted the true picture of this country called Nigeria. Its really not Yar adua, every department of the nation is sick and need an urgent medical overhaul.
    Our leaders are blinded by 'Free Oil Money'. Nobody loves Nigeria. They smuggled him back (dead or alive to complete their session of looting. But one thing is certain, Nigeria is taller than any person or group, and must be free from these dark forces very, very soon.

  • Comment number 13.

    Its so painfull that,our former leaders are still in power.mr yaradua comming back home was just to great more problems in the country,he was forced back home by the old leaders,who want their stupid acts to be in slient,when they were in power.President lucky jonathan,if you know that you are a true-nigerian,dont give up,enough is enough.Nigerian should know that the citizens our burning out of patience,we need a change,its time to make nigerians proud,im sorry for mr yaradua,s illness,such is life.I pray that nigerians should stand-by president lucky jonathan to rule and led nigeria to a better future,long live president .l.jonathan,long live Nigeria.

  • Comment number 14.

    A national broadcast, by President Yar'adua, to thank Nigerians who prayed for his early recovery return will the reduce tension in Nigeria.

  • Comment number 15.

    There is arguably, no longer, a constitutionally sound reason or predicate upon which to impeach President YarAdua. And, now that he is back, if he is healthy and fit, there is no longer a reason for Vice President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to remain as the Acting President. The circumstances of the preceding 93 days, have changed and reverted to "normal" and so, Mr. Jonathan from now on, will only do duties assigned to him by Mr. YarAdua. We may now overlook the fact that Mr. YarAdaua for 93 days, abdicated his throne and was intransigent and recalcitrant, when he should just have complied with constitutionally mandated and stipulated procedure and processes.

    However, there should be no mistake about it, that, now that Mr. YarAdua is back to presidential duties, all are reminded, that he remains our president and national symbol. And that he is, was always our substantive president, who was taken away, temporarily, by personal medical condition which had led to a national controversy, now he is back to work and that should end the brouhahas. Mr. Jonathan from now on, will only do, or carry out, duties assigned to him by Mr. YarAdua

    President YarAdua swore to uphold and defend the constitution and now is the time to demonstrate that commitment. This is also time to act magnanimously and with malice towards none. Our servant leader, hopefully, is now found new energy from his medical vacation, should hunker down to do the presidential heavy lifting Mr. YarAdua, if he is now well and fit to resume work, he must refrain himself, put restraints on others, not to hound anyone on account of debates which surrounded his departure and long stay in Saudi Arabia, a stay which generated abundance controversy. If he is well enough to resume presidential duties, he must singularly focus on those duties and not waste valuable time seeking retributions and vengeful vendettas against anyone who became restive as a result of Mr. YarAdua long stay outside Nigeria, from work.

    It is better that he is back home in full perfect health, imperfect, impaired or worse, than, remaining and sticking out like a sore thumb in Saudi Arabia, sticking out as monumental for embarrassment. There is now, no a constitutionally sound reason to impeach President YarAdua, unless there emerge an apparent reason or there is a subsequent affront against our constitution.

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  • Comment number 16.

    his coming back is unnecessary and i wil advice him to take a honderrus step by resigning his position before beign disgraced by impeachment

  • Comment number 17.

    The hurried return of sick president Yaradua signals the fear the hausa/fulani oligarchy are facing. these men think that power belongs to them and no other person is elligible to govern nigeria. They dont have the interest of nigerians rather they think of their selfish interest. President Yaradua should consider his health first and shame those sycophants around him, Who have no good plan for the nation only for their pockets.

  • Comment number 18.

    Considering the energy that have been dissipated, and the amount of resources wasted over the controversial departure for medical check up and now secret return of President Yar'Adua to Nigeria. I think it is time the focus is shifted to burning national issues that require urgent attention. From every indication the Yar'Aduas' want to be left alone and if this is the case then he should do the honourable thing; relinquish power and concentrate on how to get back to his feet.

  • Comment number 19.

    I have a strong feeling that the man is either dead or so ill that it will be difficult for him to continue in office. The so-called cabals have no interest of the country at heart. They are only interested in clinging to their various offices with all the pecks that goes with it. God loves that country. Some countries have not gone through a quarter of what Nigeria have gone through as a nation and have disintegrated. Why all these secrecy about Yar'Ardua's health? The man's health status and condition should not be a private/family affair but public knowledge. Nigerians have a right to know if this man is fit to govern them. If he is indeed alive but unable to discharge the functions of his office, let us wish him a speedy recovery. But l am afraid he has got to step aside either temporarily or permanently and let those that can and want to do the job get on with it!

  • Comment number 20.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 21.

    I wonder what's happening in Nigeria that, the truth about the president health is above the entire nation.It's painful to watch the unfolding events in the early hours of our democracy where a person is put above the office and the nation. What is too hard for president to declear the true stage of his health to pave way for the Ag.president to focus on reforming the nation to putting everybody in bleak.A country Nigeria can't functions well with divided loyalties to sick president and those one of Ag president.It's either he resign for good or stay and destroyed his image as person, north as region and cause more harm to our democracy than ever envasage.

  • Comment number 22.

    There should be another election called; & a new government sworn in. I mean...at the moment is's like the "Blind, leading the Blind"!

  • Comment number 23.

    i believe there is nothing to talk about until we can physically see the president.how can few individuals be deceiving 150million nigerians,for 3months the president was out,no single pulic appearnce to clear the air about his ailing health and now he's been reportedly whisked into the country in darkness and with an ambulance.who knows what their next ploy would be.

  • Comment number 24.

    If it's true that Mr President is back then I am happy for him especially for the fact that God in his infinite mercy has decided to keep his life against rumours that made rounds at a time that he gave up the ghost. Some many gimmicks have played out in the last three months of his staying abroad to attend to his health issues and their impacts on the polity are untoward to the benefits of our great nation. This is the time of reflection for our Saudi returnee president to out of patrotism and love for the continued existence of this clime decide whether he's capable to function as our leader or not.He must believe that absolute power resides with almighty God and He decides whom he bestows it upon. The most pertinent issue here is that our country needs help and sacrifice must be made for it to make genuine progress. I wish him well in his endeavours.

  • Comment number 25.

    Every Nigerian knows the president is not fit to govern. That he was flown in at such an ungodly hour, shows desperation on the part of Turai, the president's wife and his 'kitchen' cabinet.Thre is nothing patriotic in what they have done or will continue to do. It is only going to live Nigeria worse off. May God save Nigeria from the hands of those who are bent in taking us ten steps backward
    Donculio, Abuja, Nigeria

  • Comment number 26.

    Dear BBC, Please sos, we the youth of Personnal Republic of Nigeria. Help us tell Mr. Yar'Adua to hand over power to Goodluck Jonathan, because i blieve once he do that, he will be well and fit to take care of his family and his state Kastina. He never repected we Nigerians the way he acted when going out and when coming back, so he's not the type of President we need in Nigeria. Let him not one day say that he wants to takeover the power from Jonathan Goodluck. We are too big for this nonsense. Enough is Enough.

  • Comment number 27.

    Voodoo nation, voodoo polititians, voodoo leaders, voodoo policies. Even the legislators, the press, the judiciary, have contributed greatly to this shenanighan. What are all these? Must everything in Nigeria, revolve around 419? The situation and health of the President, the 93 days absence from office, even the sudden arrival, at the early hours of the morning, the progress and situation reports, are all cloaked around 419 tactics. Nigerians where do we go from here? This is the very big question. Being economical with the truth is not an option and it is very unacceptable.

  • Comment number 28.

    Clearly this is a matter for the British people which must be decided by a referendum!

  • Comment number 29.

    President Yar'Adua at the begining of his presidency called himself the 'servant of the servants'. Much has happened in Nigeria these past three months. I would like the President to please address his people, Nigerian before he makes further moves.

  • Comment number 30.

    Dear BBC, Please sos, we the youth of Personnal Republic of Nigeria. Help us tell Mr. Yar'Adua to hand over power to Goodluck Jonathan, because i blieve once he do that, he will be well and fit to take care of his family and his state Kastina. He never repected we Nigerians the way he acted when going out and when coming back, so he's not the type of President we need in Nigeria. Let him not one day say that he wants to takeover the power from Jonathan Goodluck. We are too big for this nonsense. Enough is Enough.
    Mark, Imo State, Nigeria.

  • Comment number 31.

    As yet, we have no news of President Yar'Adua's overall medical condition, so any comment on his fitness to resume his presidential duties would be speculation.
    Consider, however, the example of our own Prime Minister, Anthony Eden, at the time of the 1956 Suez crisis. Severe complications of gall bladder surgery had left Eden weak, jaundiced and ill. He was prescribed the amphetamine Benzedrine, whose side-effects are insomnia, restlessness and mood swings, which were thought to have affected his judgement significantly.

  • Comment number 32.

    I think President Yar'Adua case can be liken to King Saul in the Bible,the thirst for power either by his personal ambition or by the same forces that has held Nigerian backward for the last 50 years might erase his foot prints from the sand of time. Personally I feel the President should resign and take more of advisory role to Acting President Jonathan.

  • Comment number 33.

    Am estatic that Mr President is back! Hooray! Who is deceiving who? How can our president come back on the cloak of disguise? This guy yar'aduaed his country for 98 days and on coming back is talking to Us thru a spoke's person. Are we dollards? Who have really seen him? Are we sure he was on that plane? For how long should we allow nitwits to use our head? We love him.
    He is a cool guy.
    A guy i hold in high esteem.
    Right now many are in awe. These people care more about who rules this country than the health of Mr Yar'adua.
    Assuming he is back how can he rule this country strapped in a chair gulping the nation treasure on med. bills?
    The greed here is much.
    Let Goodluck do what he is good at i.e taking over from his chief.
    We don't need a zombie controlled by power drunk politicians and a greedy wife. We need vibrant, strong and eloquent leader.
    Am sorry to say that Yar'adua is no longer that leader.

  • Comment number 34.

    I hope Mr. President is getting better. I wish and the Country well.

  • Comment number 35.

    The president should not return. He needs to relinquish control over the country to the person the people elect. He has gotten used to power and does not want that power to go away.

  • Comment number 36.

    Just as columnist Sonala Olumhense, with d Nigeria's Guardian newspaper, told the BBC's Network Africa programme.There seems to be on his part or on the part of the people around him the consciousness that power is slipping away from them and they want it back." i dare say by every fetish,human & scientific means possible.Again i say,the northernance have fail the country over time of several misconduct & still going,they want to keep ruling us,haven brought to us bad names of e.g: extremist in last year's sokoto & neighbouring states crisis,religious unrest in jos & kaduna,umar faruk trying 2 blow a U.S.A plain in dec. 25th & many more even in d present yaradua's health.... & just Yesterday again,some northern fox who called themself northern elder insist that power remain in the north,including Nigeria's former senator ibrahim Mantu...
    i stil wanna say more but wait

  • Comment number 37.

    Just imagine head lines like, Yar’Adua sneaks into Nigeria after being absent for more than 90 days. Mr. Yar’Adua the President of Nigeria. Shame on the so called political class, shame on the press, shame on all Nigerians. This can only happen in Nigeria and it is a great shame and disgrace..
    Voodoo nation, voodoo polititians, voodoo leaders, voodoo policies. Even the legislators, the press, the judiciary, have contributed greatly to this shenanighan. What are all these? Must everything in Nigeria, revolve around 419? The situation and health of the President, the 93 days absence from office, even the sudden arrival, at the early hours of the morning, the progress and situation reports, are all cloaked around 419 tactics. Nigerians where do we go from here? This is the very big question. Being economical with the truth is not an option and it is very unacceptable

  • Comment number 38.

    All these are bad omen for our beloved country Nigeria. I must commend the Vice President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan for his calmness and wisdom since the beginning of this constitutional crises. The family of Yar'adua is looking for a way to distabilize Nigeria and truncate our democracy. My advice is that Vice President should maintain his usual calmness until the expiry of this administration come May 2011. Even if Yar'adua is sound and healthy today, he cannot achieve any tangible development in the country because he lacks the capacity. The best bet is to allow this shameless and hungry family to fool themselves till next year. It is better for us to be calm and allow him, healthy or sick, to complete his tenure. Please let there be peace. War is not the answer.

  • Comment number 39.

    Mr.YarAdua snick out of the Country without the knowledge of anybody and snick into the country in darkness and with an air ambulance and leave the airport with an ambulance. I want to ask this so called YarAdua kitchen cabinet question, do you people think that you can fool 150Million Nigerias? Are you people ruling the Country in your own interest or in the interest of Nigerians. Who is fooling who? Enough is Enough of all this Northern old cargo local brain ruling Nigeria. The power is too hot for you people now, so please leave the power and have rest in your life.

  • Comment number 40.

    Mr. Yara Adua was elected, albeit through a flawed democratic process to serve a term in office with Goodluck Jonathan as his deputy. Why some Nigerians feel a palace coup, which is arising because of the president’s ill health, will usher in a more credible government is beyond me! There are processes for passing on or sharing power and elsewhere in the world, they are usually followed with the unity of the nation as topmost priority.

    Certain elements predicted the break up of Nigeria some years back; alas, it is becoming obvious they were designing it all along. Agitate for decent elections in 2011 if good government is what you want and shame those who wish to tear us apart so they can feast on our carcass.


  • Comment number 41.

    12. At 2:22pm on 24 Feb 2010, Nwokolo wrote:
    Nobody loves Nigeria.

    It's hardly surprising is it? civil unrest, kidnappings, mass fraud, corruption and the national sport of tax evasion.

  • Comment number 42.

    I think the president and his top advisers finally realized that power was gradually slipping away from them and hence the decision to bring him back to rehabilitate near the seat of power. It is hard to understand why he had not communicated openly with Nigerians during his medical absence. But if that was a secret test of loyalty for his close friends, he might have succeeded in exposing a few of them but to the detriment of the stability of the young democracy. As far as resuming office, I think that depends on his current state of health.I am sure Nigerians are eager to see him.

  • Comment number 43.

    Well no one can deny him his right as the president, if he is capable of ruling let him continue, but if some people wants to use his unconscious state as a rubber stamp to corruption, it will be resisted by all legal means possible.

  • Comment number 44.

    I think the president and his top advisers finally realized that power was gradually slipping away from them and hence the decision to come back and rehabilitate near the seat of power. It is hard to understand why he had not communicated openly with Nigerians during his medical absence. But if that was a secret test of loyalty for his close friends, he might have succeeded in exposing a few of them but to the detriment of the stability of the fragile young democracy. As far as resuming office, I think that depends on his current state of health.I am sure Nigerians are eager to see him.

  • Comment number 45.

    Why is the most recent message not at the top?
    We have to wade through reams of familiar stuff when we revisit the item.

  • Comment number 46.

    The federal executive,house of assembly and all Nigerians are sitting on gun powders;it is only a matter of time, the heat generated from their buttocks will soon explode that will destroy the whole thing.Enough of silence and pretence.Let us move forward by following NIGERIA CONSTITUTION STRICTLY.....impeach him and let confusion die down.

  • Comment number 47.

    President, Umaru Yar'adua is back to Nigeria. Praise God! If it was you, won't you come home? I mean when you hear on your sick bed that your birth right is about to be taken from you. Please, you people should leave this man, alone. The man is Just recovering from a protracted illness that almost claim his life. People should leave him alone, and stop pushing him around. The man is not capable to run things any longer as a President of Nigeria. FULL STOP!

  • Comment number 48.

    This chaos is really great.
    The country is in chaos, the leaders are power drunk. The citizens are dumb struck.
    All these because we are waiting for a John Doe to relinquish power.
    Who said he has to rule to the detriment of Nigerians?
    "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown", this head is not only 'uneasy' but gutted. We need to come out of the shackles idiosyncrasy. We need to forge ahead. If the president ( Musa Yar'dua) is no longer able to lead us let him as the man we used to respect (despite his calling us fools by sneaking out and 'snucking' in like a thief) do the proper and recuperate in peace. Please tell the wife that "she is too Turaic(greedy) for our liking" and she should nurse her ailing hubby and not clinging at straws because the 1st lady's seat is not a personal inheritance.
    Please the internatinal community do not let people without direction sink us deeper into the mire.
    SammanTEE from Aba, Abia

  • Comment number 49.

    Yara Adua's absence and ill health has perhaps being a blessing in disguise for Nigeria as an entity. It has exposed those who will tear it apart without a second thought if given the chance.

    Who invited the war mongering trio to the awards in Abuja? The security agencies in Nigeria ought to check whether this individual had a motive or is just plain stupid, in either case such a person should not be allowed to head an organization that controls public opinion.

  • Comment number 50.

    I think the reported arrival of Mr Presidents is nothing but a hoax to mislead and cause confusion in th country. Why should our president be smuggled into his beloved country in the night, unheralded. It is good his excellency has 'returned', but we must see him live or hear him speak on the 'BBC' this time, to believe he is here, otherwise forget it. The whole thing has been shrouded in too much secrecy to be believed. If the president is truly here and is fit, why not he can rule. Anyway, lets watch and see.

  • Comment number 51.

    Fattsosam:
    This chaos is really great.
    The country is in chaos, the leaders are power drunk. The citizens are dumb struck.
    All these because we are waiting for a John Doe to relinquish power.
    Who said he has to rule to the detriment of Nigerians?
    "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown", this head is not only 'uneasy' but gutted. We need to come out of the shackles idiosyncrasy. We need to forge ahead. If the president ( Musa Yar'dua) is no longer able to lead us let him as the man we used to respect (despite his calling us fools by sneaking out and 'snucking' in like a thief) do the proper and recuperate in peace. Please tell the wife that "she is too Turaic(greedy) for our liking" and she should nurse her ailing hubby and not clinging at straws because the 1st lady's seat is not a personal inheritance.
    Please the internatinal community do not let people without direction sink us deeper into the mire.
    SammanTEE from Aba, Abia

  • Comment number 52.

    Like many African Countries, Nigeria is another country that has since self rule was achieved fallen into the trap of Fraud, Waste, Tribal Disputes and a people that live in desperate poverty.

    What Nigeria needs like so many other African Countries is a Government that will exploit its wealth for the benefit of all it's people and bring the country into the 21st Century... unlikely to ever happen though!

  • Comment number 53.

    The news of the bringing back of Umar Yar Adua, President of Nigeria to the country by an early morning plane which landed at a Nigeria's airport, after almost 90 days of receiving treatment in a Saudi-Arabia hospital has no much significance in altering the state of affairs in Nigeria regarding governance.

    As soon as the plane landed, if everything was okay with President Yar Adua health wise, a world press conference ought to have been addressed immediately at the airport. Then, in the next 3-5 days after receiving full briefing from his cabinet on how things went in his absence regarding state of the nation, he can then make a nationwide television broadcast.

    The situation obtained was that a plane landed and someone was moved into a waiting ambulance and driven away. As far as I can say, Goodluck Jonathan remains the Acting President until the President convinces the nation of his preparedness to resume office from his 'abscondment'.

    The future with political governance, in Nigeria, no doubt is suspicious and untrustworthy, especially if the conduct of the Federal cabinet members is to be reckoned with. Above all, Yar Adua has disappointed the whole nation and his attitude in the last 90days has betrayed his much prophessed 'servant-leader' calibre he presented to be.

  • Comment number 54.

    Like all African countries, Nigeria is corrupt so of course Mr Yar'Adua should not be in power.

  • Comment number 55.

    Its amazing how every week i read about how they want to Impeach Governor Fashola..And this is a perfoming governor that has transformed lagos..
    But not once have i heard of Impeach Yaradua who was gone for 3months and still to sick to hold office..

    AMAZING

  • Comment number 56.

    If any proof were ever needed that the state of near anarchy and paralysis that has obtained in Nigeria for the last three months benefited a small cabal, then surely Yar Adua's clandestine return home in the dead of night is that proof. To think that a President whose by word has been adherence to "Rule of Law" and "due process" has chosen to return home in these circumstances after plunging the nation into a constitutional crisis for the last three months says a lot about Yar Adua's and the cabal's patriotism. This whole ridiculous saga will have been laughable were it not for the fact that the lives of ordinary Nigerians are at stake here. When will we, us teeming millions of ordinary Nigerians both at home and abroad, rise up and take back our country and indeed our collective destiny from this cabal?
    It is evident, from Yar Adua's enforced return whilst still clearly in ill health, that the Northern cabal with their errand boys from the South, will go to any length to ensure their stranglehold on power in Nigeria is not loosened.

  • Comment number 57.

    My question is:
    1. Why should he return in the dead of the night?
    2. Why has nobody seen him?
    3. Why return when he could have stayed back and recovered sufficiently?
    4. Why no Official statement from him?

  • Comment number 58.

    Its amazing how every week i read about how they want to Impeach Governor Fashola..And this is a perfoming governor that has transformed lagos..
    But not once have i heard of Impeach Yaradua who was gone for 3months and still to sick to hold office..

    AMAZING

    Wale ~ Portland Oregon

  • Comment number 59.

    Yes. His family is poor and it is his turn.

  • Comment number 60.

    With the whole senario starting from the day Mr President left the shores of this wonderful country for medical check up, till today he sneaked in, so many things have happened and the CABAL believes that everyone is being fooled. It is a coincidence that at time the delegates from the FEC went to greet the the King of Saudi Arabia and further brief Mr President, was the time the President got healed and sneaked into the country. The CABAL should remember the days of Abacha.The dance drama ended in one day and the whole Nigerians saw the people that danced to the drums of the spirit. The beating of the spiritual drums has started again and some people are already dancing. They should know that ''THERE is MORE TO THE WEATHER THAN THE RAIN WE ARE SEEING''. Mr President should mind his health and forget about the sychophants around him.

  • Comment number 61.

    This was one of the easiest of any political challenges that any politician could face. But Yar’Adua of Nigeria decided to make it complicated by making secret of his illness and refusing to keep the Nigerian people in the loop. I am sure Nigerians, like any other people in the world,understand that anyone can fall ill. Had Yar’Adua been open with them as much as he could, and did what the constitution required him to do under the circumstances, the people could have just kept on praying for him and today, it would have been a trouble free reentry and fit to take back his job without creating any bad feelings.

  • Comment number 62.

    We are talking of the President of a Nation, sneaking in, in an ambulance unceremoniously. What makes us believe is President Yar'adua that was flown in, or his corpse was the one transported via ambulance. I believe, if he a discharged President from an Hospital, He wont be moved into an ambulance. this is an indication that, some people somewhere are willing to truncate the peace we are enjoying already with Ag. President Jonathan. If by tomorrow, Thursday, we did not see latest photograph or video shot of him on media, i ll be left with no choice than to believe,
    1. someone, not President Yar'adua, was flown into country
    2. President Yar'adua corpse was flown into the country.
    3. Some people are planning to truncate this country and to make governance terrible for the Ag. President.

  • Comment number 63.

    Thia whole saga is a grave indictment on the Nigerian press, the self appointed "Fourth Estate of the Realm". Where is the investigative journalism in all this?? How revealing will a photo of Yar Adua all wired up and comatose on his sick bed have been?? In these days of "cheque book journalism", how priceless will such a picture be?? Stand up and be counted, Nigerian journalism!

  • Comment number 64.

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  • Comment number 65.

    The President is said to be having heart and kidney problems. The media has described an inflammation of the membrane around the heart.I think the President has severe kidney failure which can cause this heart condition called uremic pericarditis. This is an absolute indication for dialysis or transplant. I suspect he has been receiving dialysis and may have received a transplant already. Then again political pressures may have caused him to return to Nigeria before a transplant. He would not be the first head of state to stay in power while receiving such treatments.How well he does will most likely depend on what caused his kidney failure in the first place.

  • Comment number 66.

    Olaniran Olugbenga Jide, please explain to us ( Nigerians) what u meant by 'sacrifice'.
    What are we to sacrifice?
    Our young dem- are - crazy?
    Our conscience?
    Our heritage?
    Our President?
    Turai Yar'adua?
    Our northern cabal?
    Or do u mean we sacrifice our goodwill so that History will be made?
    "Giant of Africa with no muscles and crawling without limbs" is this the history and legacy for our children?

  • Comment number 67.

    These return of yaradua without notice is a treat to the democracy and corporate
    existence of the country. He should also known that Nigeria has tolerated him for a while and should remember that power belong to the people. it is so unfortunate that we hand over office to our leaders and not the duties of the office and that is why people has personalize the office they occupied and put self over nation because of institutional failures

  • Comment number 68.

    It is rather sad that the President of the 7th largest oil producer in the world that countries like Britain and most European countries do not have had to be flown to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment , what on earth do they do with all the oil money the country makes for Gos sake .
    The country and all the past leaders has failed so many generations to say the least .I lived in Nigeria from age 1-16 in University of Ife Campus , then we had Electricity , good road , water and all neccesities of life . Life was far better than when we came on vacation to United Kingdom .This was twenty years ago . Its a shamed we have yet another failed states in Africa.God help them all in that country . I dont think there is any one who is honest and competent enough to rule Nigeria Full stop . What about if the country returns to Colonial rule for crying out loud .We are dealing with a country that need competent and honest ruler. America, Great Britain and europe should be help Nigeria . The country should not be ruled by Nigerains, full stop .

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  • Comment number 70.

    Nigeria's problem is not Yaraduas making. It is an entrenched culture where the leader is held hostage at all times by a cabal. Abacha did not realise it until he was in the grave. Babangida found out late in the day "when all arrows were pointing at him" Shagari did not know how much power he had ceeded to Umaru Dikko and the Akinloye's of this world until the soldier boys came calling. Even as shrewed as Obasanjo is, there are so many things I am sure he would love to have done better than giving us an ailing President. The Nigeria President is always held hostage. So for poor Yaradua, its sad that the elements that have held him hostage would not even allow him to find peace to heal himself. For a man that needed just a signature to ceed power to his VP, spend as much time as he can getting his health back without anybody bordering when he is going to come back, the poor guy got entangled in a web of hostage taking at his most vulnerable point in his life. A time he is battling for his dear life. I am sure if the guy had been asked the question " do you want to stay alive or die while you are the President of Nigeria. I am sure he would have choosen the the former. He would have prefered to remain alive and go back to his village in Kastina and continue to enjoy the peace and traquility that life would provide him out there.
    What Nigerian needs now is the decentralisation of power from the centre so that the Presidency would have very little incentive for people to want to take it hostage. I pray that YarAdua gets well. But Please Mr President go back home to Kastina and get well, so that you can be there to enjoy the fruit of your labour for more years to come.

  • Comment number 71.

    Now that Mr. Yar'Adua is back; all Nigerians must pray for an early recovery; also pray for Mr.Goodluck Jonathan's success in the new job.

  • Comment number 72.

    Mr. Yar'Adua now that we have been told, that you have surfaced and returned to the country after three months of absence,howbeit incommunicado, we say Glory be to The Almighty God. I know you are very very poorly and not in a position to see anybody, even the acting President your vic President. I also know that the best place for you to be now, in the state you are, is a very good and expirienced hospital environment. I also hope that the cabal and the cartel, using your wife, have not forced you back, against very good and efficient medical advice for their own selfish interest. As you know that they may be very interested, in the oil bloc allocations currently in place. You also know the political grips, they have by manupulating you and you wife Turia. Your health and well being, should come first and it is only The Almighty God, that decides and The will of The Almighty God will prevail, no matter what the cabal and cartel do.

    Patrick Agbobu

  • Comment number 73.

    These return of yaradua without notice is a treat to the democracy and corporate
    existence of the country. He should also known that Nigeria has tolerated him for a while and should remember that power belong to the people. it is so unfortunate that we hand over office to our leaders and not the duties of the office and that is why people has personalize the office they occupied and put self over nation because of institutional failures

    emeka nwachukwu lagos nigeria

  • Comment number 74.

    This is not the Nigeria our founding fathers and mothers fought for and some even died for. The dead ones must now be turning in their graves.
    Just imagine head lines like, Yar’Adua sneaks into Nigeria after being absent for more than 90 days. Mr. Yar’Adua the President of Nigeria. Shame on the so called political class, shame on the press, shame on all Nigerians. This can only happen in Nigeria and it is a great shame and disgrace..
    Voodoo nation, voodoo polititians, voodoo leaders, voodoo policies. Even the legislators, the press, the judiciary, have contributed greatly to this shenanighan. What are all these? Must everything in Nigeria, revolve around 419? The situation and health of the President, the 93 days absence from office, even the sudden arrival, at the early hours of the morning, the progress and situation reports, are all cloaked around 419 tactics. Nigerians where do we go from here? This is the very big question. Being economical with the truth is not an option and it is very unacceptable.

    Patrick Agbobu


  • Comment number 75.

    Whether Yaradu is back to Nigeria or not, Nigerians are simply tired of his gimmicks, his inactivities and quite unfortunate is poor health. Nigeria as a country needs a lot of work to move forward, clearly a sick president is not the ideal candidate to solve the country's numerous problems.Its unfair and injustice to the people,his he going to disappear again in matter of weeks or months? Yaradua, pls follow the path of honour, resign and hand over to Jonathan.

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  • Comment number 77.




    Is Yar’Adua fit to govern? He needs to come and tell the people what he thinks. Just saying he is back and he is here but the VP can carry on for now is not enough. After 3 months in Saudi hospital and he is claiming he has been discharged from the hospital, then he must be ready to resume work. He must face the nation and let the people assess the state of his health.

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  • Comment number 79.

    Why Nigerian politicians are hidding Yar'Adua from the poeple who voted him in power? We are in a democratic era, but the politicians are treating us as if we are in a secrect socaity. Since Yar'Adua left Nigeria three months ago, no one has ever sees him, not even when he returns home. What are they hidden? If he can not addrees the nation as he set foot on Nigeria soil, then something is wrong and the whole nation needs to know.

  • Comment number 80.

    Is Nigeria's president fit to govern?
    I don’t think it matters, though I imagine there’s some anxiety in both legislative houses; after all, there was
    - a resolution last week, making Goodluck Jonathan Acting President,
    - a meeting of some members of the house & senate deliberating impeachment proceedings against the president.
    - an agreement that the Government will only fall back to Section 143 (impeachment) if the council does not act in line with Section 144 (incapacitation) of the Constitution. The decision to await the action of the Executive Council was taken because Mr Yar’Adua may in fact have been too far gone to know what he was doing, even though he "appeared" to grant an interview to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and also signed the Supplementary Budget. Were these actions fabricated? Did the President in fact carry them out, and if so, did he know what he was doing?

    The Senate leadership has consistently denied any plans to start impeachment (Section 143) proceedings against President Yar’Adua if the Executive Council of the Federation does not declare the President incapable of discharging his duties (Section 144).
    One way or the other I feel Yardua is finished as President of Nigeria.
    Dimeji Bankole announced that the public hearing on the bill to amend Sections 145 and 199 of the Constitution. The bill, sponsored by Suleiman Kawu (ANPP, Kano) and 33 others, is titled “A Bill for an Act to Amend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Cap C23 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 to Make Provision for the Vice President and Deputy Governor to Assume and Discharge the Functions of the President/Governor during their absence or Temporary Incapacity and for Matters Connected Therewith , 2010.” It had second reading February 4. Goodluck Jonathan was appointed Parliament on Feb. 9.
    So, out the window goes Yardua’s oil deal with China and through the door treads (again) Shell’s Forcados-Yokri project, part of a joint venture with the state oil company, Total SA and Eni SpA, to gather 85 percent of natural gas flared off in Shell’s Nigerian operations. Maintaining the peace in the Niger delta may be the easier for Jonathan to do. He is Ijaw, the dominant ethnic group in the region. His appointment will support the delta peace process and recent positive developments there. But MEND said it will cooperate with Goodluck Jonathan only if its demand for local control of the delta’s energy resources is met. MEND’s Jomo Gbomo: “The truth is that we’re not sentimental over the origin of the president. We’re more concerned about any individual that can emancipate the region from five decades of bondage.”
    So, all I can really say is Goodluck, Jonathan!

  • Comment number 81.

    I saw the vision of what Nigeria should be as the GM of Koch Nigeria, LTD, working the Itakpe Project from 2007 to 2008. NIgeria is crucial to the future of civilization. The president should remain in office until it confirmed without a doubt that he can not do his job. There is no time for a power struggle in Nigeria; move forward in destiny. He must be given every opportunity to succeed. He brought hope to the people while he was well, pray for his recovery and will to complete his mission. Peace.

  • Comment number 82.

    Oh;sorry my beloved country, i weep as i type this few words of mine;
    Dear president i will advice you to take good care of your self before seeking the sit; do not listen to what your pals or co- politicians or wife will say bcos it is only the living rules.
    Secondly, presidential thrown is not your birth right and it is not mandatory that you will die on it.
    "if you are wise save your life" before you lose it and those that are pushing you will live to tell your story.IN ALL GOOD LUCK.

  • Comment number 83.

    Nigeria is a corrupt state so does it really matter who is in control!

  • Comment number 84.

    The return into the country of President Umaru Musa Yar’adua in circumstances shrouded in complete secrecy in the early hours of today totally devoid of pomp and ceremony usually accorded to a person of his stature is a confirmed beyond a shadow of doubt that the man is being held hostage by a certain cabal in furtherance of its selfish and devious agenda. I wonder aloud how a man who has been weighed down and emaciated by a life threatening ailment would be removed from his hospital bed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia flown on an aircraft for more than six gruelling hours and then bundled into an ambulance under heavy security coverage into the presidential villa. It shows that this cabal that has held our president hostage is desperate, mindless and callous. The truth of the matter is that the President is permanently incapacitated from performing his presidential duties. This is what the return of the President in the condition he was brought into the country has confirmed. The suspension of today session of the Executive Council of the Federation which we had expected President Yar’adua to preside over as Chairman has further confirmed that the president cannot perform the functions of his office. Most importantly , the statement issued by the Special Assistant to the President, Olusegun Adeniyi that President Yar’adua has directed that the Vice-President, Goodluck Jonathan should assume office as Acting President is belated, and of no moment. The directive has being over taken by events. It is otiose. This because the National Assembly has already conferred on Jonathan the status of Acting President and he has been exercising these presidential powers to the fullest since then. Some strict constructionist may contend that the National Assembly has no such powers to confer on Jonathan the toga of Acting President but there is doctrine of necessity which invocation which cannot be wished away. President Yar’adua is just striving to save his face by doing what he ought to have done three months ago when he left the shores of this country for medical treatment. I think President Yar’adua was hurriedly brought to the country to scuttle his possible removal from office by the National Assembly as it was strongly rumoured. He wants to eat his cake and have. He wants to remain President while he suffers from permanent incapacitation and infirmity of the mind brought about by his ailment. Those who have held the President hostage for their selfish interest wants to remain relevant in the scheme of affairs because Yar’adua is still constitutionally the President even though Jonathan is the Acting President. Yar’adua will still enjoy and indeed be entitled to all his rights and privileges as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is sheer power play. However, the Constitution has contemplated this type of situation we have found ourselves. We can take umbrage under Section 144 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 which has laid down the procedure for the removal of a President who has become a liability like Yar’adua. I think the presence of Yar’adua in the country breathing down on necks of the crowd of his loyalists and hawks in the Executive Council of the Federation will be a check on the constitutionalists in the council who wants him removed on ground of his fragile health. This is the calculation of the hawks and loyalists of the ailing President. The truth of the matter is that the Executive Council must be pressured to be alive to its constitutional responsibilities by appointing a panel to examine whether the President is fit to remain in office as President in view of his fragile health which has greatly affected his performance in the last two years. I expect President Yar’adua as a patriot who believes in this country to see reason and throw in the towel in the interest of the peace, well being and stability of this country. Let him call of the bluffs of the hawks around him who are pretending to love him more than his own mother will love him. The country has been bogged down by his ailing for so long. It is the time the country moves on. I will advise him to simply render his letter of resignation forthwith.
    Okoi Obono -Obla


  • Comment number 85.

    what is wrong with my dear country; why can't we be straight for once, if he is ok let him resume office and if he not let him go back to saudi for treatment.
    the post is there before him and will be there after him so be wise my people.

  • Comment number 86.

    GIVEN THE PRESENT STATE OF HEALTH OF THE PRESIDENT,HE REMAINS UNFIT TO GOVERN EVERY OTHER GIMMICK AND TRICK REMAIN AN UNDERHAND ARRANGEMENT WHICH WILL LATER RIDICULE THE PRESIDENT'S LOYALIST WHO HAVE FOR THEIR SELFISH INTEREST FAILED TO CONSIDER THE INTEREST OF THE MASSES.THE HAVE GONE AS FAR AS TELLING US THAT LIFE AND DEATH IS IN GOD'S HAND AS IF PRESIDENT YAR ARDUA IS NO LONGER A MORTAL. WELL IN MY OPINION DR GOODLUCK JONATHAN SHOULD CARRY ON SINCE WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS NOT WHO PRESIDES BUT THE COUNTRY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE.

  • Comment number 87.

    I think that if he has full recovered from his ill-health then Umaru Yar'Adua should return as President of Nigeria. Though I do not understand the current political situation in Nigeria. This case reminds me of another when Ariel Sharon was the Israeli President and he had stroke during his time in office, which was sudden and there was no obvious replacement. I think it is always fundamentally important that world leaders health are properly monitored becasue the resulting absence of the person from their office for as a duration like 3 months can result in political uncertainty.

  • Comment number 88.

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  • Comment number 89.

    Yar'Dua owes the nation an apology for shirking his responsibilities as a President, to take up a bed in Saudi hospital for treatment without telling the nation. He crawed back home under the darkness of the night. Refusing to use the Presidential jet sent to bring him home. He was rude and ungreatful. After all, 'an absent saint gets no candle.' Since he became the President, he has done nothing for the country, and the fact that he and his Turai believe that it is a private affairs is really annoying. He should never have been a President when he wanted to have a private life. As a President, his ill-health is no longer his private affairs whether he likes it or not. How can he just walked away as if he doesn't care. He brought the nation close to chaos. As far as I am concerned, Yar'Dua needs to look after his health and allow the nation to move on. He cannot handle the strains and stresses of a President. He knows it, his people know too. After all, 'if the lion's skin cannot, the fox's shall.'

  • Comment number 90.

    In a country of over 150 million people, I care less about the return of one man, as long as his return does not hold our country and the other over 149,999,999 people to ransom. In a very short time Acting-President Jonathan has proved to be a social conscientious person and as a man who understands the needs of our people.
    On the other hand, Alhaji ‘Baba Go-Slow’ Yar Adua jets himself off to Saudi Arabia to receive first class medical treatment whilst millions of Nigerians are dying prematurely due to his general incompetence and his presiding over non-functioning health / medical service.

  • Comment number 91.

    When will these people leave Nigeria and Nigerians alone. The best place for Mr. Yar'Adua to recorver is a good, dedicated and up to date hospital environment and not in the Aso Rock. Why was he rushed back by these selfish, self centered and very greedy group? f From all indications the signs are not looking good.
    The cabal, the cartel and Turia must be living in cloud-cuc-coo land. I do not know why, they can not get into their skulls, that Mr. Yar'Adua is permanently incapacitated and can never function as the President again. Yar'Adua did not ask for the ailments, it is the wish of God. These people do not have the interest of Yar'Adua at heart, but their own personal and selfish interest. The Almighty God is going to do what is best for Nigeria and Yar'Adua and that is final!!.

    PATRICK AGBOBU

  • Comment number 92.

    He must be fully recovered and, of course, if doctors order him to be released, it's absolutely clear that he is able to take office and by the way, start answering some questions that have remained pending.

  • Comment number 93.

    My personally suggestion is this Mr. Yar'Adua should just try to stay home and try to recover very well before forcing himself into power again, But at the other hand I suggest a country like Nigeria should not be ruled by a sick president people must look into that you people call yourselves giant of Africa and you are been ruled by a sick president please let the sick man try to step down completely and let the health ones rule the country, that country is too big for a sick man to rule. I am writing from United States but a Nigerian but I am sick of that country Nigeria terrible things are happening in that country take care.
    Otherwise I will come back and see if I can help to rule the country.
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  • Comment number 94.

    If as it is being rummured, that Mr. Yar'Adua was brought into the country, in a state of semi unconsiousness, then it is imperative that, the acting President, the Presidency and the national assemblies, should thoroughlly investigate the statements, credited to Mr. Yar'Adua by Mr. Adeniyi, the presidential spokes person. If it is found tha,t the statement did not come from Mr. Yar'Adua, then Mr. Adeniyi and ALL those who authorised that statemen,t must be dealt with legally, because if the statement was not authorised by Mr. Yar'Adua then it is subversion.

    PATRICK AGBOBU

  • Comment number 95.

    who is funding this part of the bbc?

  • Comment number 96.

    In the absence of Prez Yaradua, the V.P. Goodluck is auguring bad luck for Nigeria. Power has mad him insane as can be seen from his shuffling and dismissing of ministers. He has acted autocratic. It would be in the interest of Nigerians for the Prez to get back the reigns of power health permitting and restore law and order in Nigeria. Failing that, Nigeria is sure to slip into chaos and confusion and bickering among power-sharks.

  • Comment number 97.

    Maybe the BBC report through who he only talk to 'his subject' could give us the answer to the question.
    At least BBC reporter is the most important and the most trusted he can talk to.
    By the way who is sure he is actually back. Maybe also the BBC could confirm that for us

    Welcome to the Land of confusion called Nigeria!!

  • Comment number 98.

    The turn of events and circumstances have shown that the President is not privy to and not aware of all the confusion being created by just a few who are not bothered what happens to the country as long as their selfish motives are met. So the president does not have any question to answer nor apologies to give only that he could have acted much earlier to "tow the line of honour" as someone said recently, when his health still allowed him to communicate. It is just unfortunate that some people are playing politics and thus making mockery of the president's health. But they seem not to remember that "the evil that men do lives with them and after them".

  • Comment number 99.

    It sadens me when Tunrai (Yaradua`s wife) with the help of some looters and enemies of Nigeria plans to distabilize the country inspite of what is done to keep it together even though we don`t belong together! Why is it so hard for President, and commander in thief, in person of Turai in Yaradua to let go of power even at the point of death; that`s obviously not about having the interest of the state at heart; it`s about satisfying their irrational urge for power and all the stealing and bragging that comes with it! They`re less concerned about what the people feel in as much as their selfish interest is protected; I wonder when the country would be free; can`t we for God sake have some sane people in government!!! What a shame!

  • Comment number 100.

    I have no idea if he is fit to govern or not but if the numbers of his countrymen wanting my help to move millions of pounds out of Nigeria are anything to go by something needs doing about the government over there.

 

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