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Friday, January 29, 2010

Oga Yar’Adua You Were Supposed to Return Home this Week...O??!!

Mr. President, you were supposed to return home this week? Wetin dey happen?(What is happening?) How far? (whats up?) Wetin dey do you sef (what's wrong with you?) I bi laik se yu go heaven (It seems that you went to heaven) Why Jonathan Goodluck no be acting big man (Why is VP not exercising power in your absence) or na una sabi (or that's your business not mine) Na you we dey look o (We look up to you.)

A me just can't stop writing about him o! But I'll try next time round and not scribe anything more on him, not unless something as unfortunate as him recuperating and getting back to oga-land, fit enof (read enough) to make him manage am so! I promise O. Lest the big man now send me somone to go beat the wods outo me brain. Me gone be sorry... A tell you now my broda and sisto oh... ahm... whatever!

But in the meantime, Make we de go (Let us get going), Make i gist you wetin happen (let me tell you what happened).

Nigerian President, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua "Oga", was set to return to his country this week (between 25-29 Jan) according to different reports by Nigeria’s local media. The President who has been receiving treatment in the Saudi Kingdom is recuperating from a heart surgery and was expected to return to the capital, Abuja, on Wednesday. It however takes only imagination to know that "Baba-go-slow" has not landed anywhere in the country. He is still coming.

Yar’Adua’s expected return was to come in the wake of a 14-day deadline given by the country’s Federal High Court, to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and the National Council of States (NCS), the two highest policy authorities in the West African nation, to access whether the President is capable of performing his duties or not and pass a binding resolution.

Yar’Adua, who has been in Saudi Arabia since November 23 last year, is still receiving medical treatment in Jeddah and his absence has sparked rage and debate over the legality of state decisions. The president has spent over two months in Jeddah for treatment for acute pericarditis, an inflammation of the membrane covering the heart.

The 58-year-old dubbed “Baba go slow” by his critics for his styled slow pace of action has not transferred power to his deputy, Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, triggering debate over the legality of government decisions.

The Chief Judge of the Court, Justice Daniel Abutu, in his judgment ordered the cabinet to pass a resolution on Yar'Adua's fitness within two weeks saying, "Having regards to the fact that the president has been away on a medical treatment since 23 November 2009, he is incapable of performing his presidential duties. The FEC (Federation Executive Council) should resolve whether the president is capable of performing his presidential functions or not and pass a resolution to that effect.”

The court was responding to a law suit brought by opposition activist and former Minority Leader, Farouk Adamu Aliyu who had sued the Attorney General of Federation (AGF) and FEC over the indefinite absence of the President.

"We will abide by the judgement of the court. The Executive Council of the Federation will within 14 days, as directed, consider a resolution on the state of the president's health," Attorney General Michael Aondoakaa said.

Yar’Adua’s absence has raised concerns over a power vacuum in Africa’s second biggest economy and the most populous nation in the continent. The high court ruled last week in a separate case that Jonathan can carry out presidential duties in Yar'Adua's absence without a formal transfer of power.

Meanwhile, Yar’Adua’s predecessor, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who has refrained to comment about challenges surrounding his point-man for the 2007 presidential elections, finally broke his silence saying President Yar’Adua should know the “path of honour and path of morality” if his state of health was making it difficult to “satisfy the people you (Yar’Adua) are supposed to serve.”

In Yar’Adua’s absence, demonstrations have been staged by civil right activists and other concerned citizens demanding him to hand full powers to his deputy, as top lawyers pushed of an end to a power vacuum in the country.

Nigeria has also had to cope with clashes between Christian and Muslim gangs in Jos, Plateau State, seeing over 460 people killed according to human rights activists, while fears have been expressed over the risk of resurgent violence in the volatile Niger Delta, Nigeria’s stronghold oil industry.

Yar'adua, is the 2nd President of Nigeria's Fourth Republic. He served as governor of Katsina State in northern Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 28 May 2007. He was declared the winner of the controversial Nigerian presidential election held on 21 April 2007, and was sworn in on 29 May 2007. He is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP).

Me try be a newsman now.

And that's Thesteifmastertake!!