By Wole Oladimeji:
THERE is tension in the Presidency over the news filtering in that President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua has fully recovered and may resume work sooner than expected.
The President has been away from his seat since November 23, last year, during which he jetted out to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment of acute pericarditis, prompting the National Assembly to empower his deputy, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, to act as the President.
Yar’Adua returned to the country last month and has since not be seen in public.
But indications emerged yesterday that he has fully recovered and is preparing to take over his seat.
Sources informed the Nigerian Compass that the President had, a few days ago, appeared to some of his loyalists as a demonstration of his fitness, but decided to still remain at the background pending the time his doctors would give him the clearance to resume duty.
The development has put some Presidency officials and politicians in confusion, as they have since been struggling to confirm the reported recovery.
Specifically, sources close to the Presidential Villa revealed that Yar’Adua appeared briefly to some people who came to visit him last Sunday evening.
Although it could not be confirmed whether Jonathan had seen his boss, it was reliably gathered that the President’s aides are making frantic moves for him to make a public appearance on Tuesday via a national broadcast.
It was also gathered that the leadership of the National Assembly has gotten wind of the President’s recovery and may foot-drag on the screening of the ministerial nominees’ list sent to it by the Acting President.
What is also giving many Presidency officials a sleepless night is whether Yar’Adua would be willing to continue where Jonathan stopped on the ministerial nominees issue or would demand for the reinstatement of his ministers.
Another source informed that the picking of a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, a supposed enemy of Yar’Adua, and some other personalities may infuriate the President and make him jettison the list of ministerial nominees when he resumes duty.
Although some members of the House our correspondent met on the matter claimed they were not aware of it, two members who preferred anonymity, however, revealed that the President has fully recovered.
Meanwhile, a group in Bayelsa State, the True Bayelsa Democrats, has demanded an apology from Yar’Adua for the various controversies allegedly introduced by his men for the administration of the Acting President.
The Coordinator of the group, Famous Daunemigha, said in an interview yesterday that Yar’Adua’s loyalists deliberately created confusion to slow down Jonathan’s efforts at addressing the problems confronting the country.
Besides, he challenged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to ensure a detailed scrutiny of all the ministerial nominees.
He said: “Yar’Adua, at this point, owes Nigerians a lot. Not just coming back, he should be able to tell us why he has not been able to be true advocate of the rule of law he is professing.
“If he has been out of this country for a very long time, maybe for circumstances out of his control, he needs to apologise for his lapses; for not being able to transmit powers the right way for the period that we suffered for not having a proper leadership.
“He should apologise to us and from there, he can go ahead and let us see that he is fit. If he comes back and he says he is ready to rule Nigeria, he was elected as a President, he should go ahead and rule.”
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