Umaru Yar Adua
May 7, 2010 by Post Team
A presidential spokesman told the Associated Press that Yar’Adua died at 9 pm Monday at the Aso Rock presidential villa.
Yar’Adua had not been seen in public since his return from the Middle East. He went for medical treatment at a clinic in Jeddah of pericarditis, an inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart.
Rumors swirled about his health and his prolonged absence led to protests by the lack of clear lines of authority in a country of 150 million people.
Just before Yar’Adua returned to Nigeria, the parliament voted to transfer power to Goodluck Jonathan, the vice-president until the president was able to resume his duties. At that time, many doubted that Yar’Adua Nigerians would never be well enough, putting a question mark over the leadership of the ruling party in the run up to presidential elections next year.
Yar’Adua, who has also suffered kidney problems, left the country on several occasions for what his advisers called medical tests before going to Saudi Arabia in November. He was admitted to a hospital the day after his arrival, leaving Nigeria in a political vacuum.
Last month, Jonathan sacked all cabinet ministers in an attempt to impose its authority in the most populous country in Africa. Cabinet was dissolved without explanation in his first major act since becoming the executive. The measure actually quiet biologist left 52 years of age in sole command of the government.
The cabinet has consisted mainly of ministers loyal to President sick, a Muslim, although some members have begun to change allegiance to Jonathan, a southern Christian.
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