Yar’Adua: Jonathan remains in charge, more confusion rock Aso Villa
Despite the return of President Umar Yar'Adua, the Acting President Dr. Goodluck
Jonathan will still remain in charge of the state affairs.
The President's spokesman Olusegun Adeniyi said this in a statement issued in Abuja.
Mr Adeniyi said "President Yar'Adua wishes to re-assure all Nigerians that on account of
their unceasing prayers and by the special grace of God, his health has greatly
He added that 'while the President recuperates Vice-President (sic) Jonathan will
continue to oversee the affairs of state'
The full text of Mr. Adeniyi read thus ““After being discharged by the team of medical
experts overseeing his treatment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, President Umaru Yar'
Adua returned to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, early this morning.
“President Yar'Adua wishes to express his profound gratitude to all Nigerians for their
prayers for his recovery, their exceptional generousity of spirit and their appreciation of
the fact that all mortals are subject to the vagaries of ill health.
“President Yar'Adua is grateful to the vice-president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, for
competently overseeing the affairs of state in his absence.
“The president also wishes to thank the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the
House of Representatives, the entire membership of the National Assembly, the
Governors' Forum, the Judiciary, the Armed Forces and other security agencies, former
heads of state and other eminent Nigerians for their roles in maintaining order and
stability during his absence.
“President Yar'Adua wishes to reassure all Nigerians that on account of their unceasing
prayers and by the special grace of God, his health has greatly improved.
President Yar'Adua who has been away from the country for about three months for
medical treatment was flown into the country early hour of Wednesday with an air
ambulance. Nobody set eyes on him as he was whisked into a waiting Ford ambulance
in the tarmac.
Though Yar'Adua is back, reports have it that he was unconscious when he was flown
into the country in an air ambulance. He is back, but not in charge, the confusion and
power game continue. The president spokesman refer Dr. Jonathan as Vice President
rather than the Acting President.
Senators kept mum on his return saying they have not received official communication
from him. The word from the green chamber too. Events of the next few days will be very
crucial in the country.| Article source