Fresh facts have emerged as to why the delegation sent by the House of Represen-tatives to visit President Umaru Yar’Adua in Saudi Arabia could not see the ailing President.
Daily Sun reliably gathered that Yar’Adua may have been moved from the guest house where he had been staying to a top secret Saudi Military facility where he is allegedly been attended to by doctors from the United States of America.
Acess to him has been further reduced, casting a big doubt on the prospects of the 6-man FEC delegation billed to visit the president in a few days’ time.
The inability of Nigerians to see ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua on his sick bed has been attributed to the decision of the Saudi Monarch, King Fahd Abdulaziz, to move him into a guarded military hospital.
A member of the delegation, who went to Saudi Arabia from the House of Representatives, but returned without seeing the president said last night that they were told that the president was recuperating in a military hospital where access was highly restricted.
Yar’Adua was first admitted into King Faisal Hospital on arrival in Saudi Arabia, on November 23 last year where he was diagnosed with a severe heart condition identified as acute pericarditis.
Since then, the president had practically remained incommunicado as delegation after delegation sent to visit him had come back to report the frustration in not being allowed to see him.
Only on Wednesday, the Executive Council of the Federation named a six-man team of ministers, led by the agriculture Minister, Abba Ruma, to see the president and convey the appreciation of Nigerians to the Saudi government. The delegation is soon to leave home for Saudi Arabia.
The Governors’ Forum, House of Representatives and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had earlier dispatched delegations to the Saudi Kingdom to see Yar’Adua, which all came back with the same story of inability to see the president.
The report of the five-man delegation from the House, led by the Deputy House Leader, Baba Shehu Agaie, was expected to be laid yesterday, but postponed till next Tuesday.
When Speaker Dimeji Bankole called on Agaie to present the report, the deputy leader said the report was not ready, as only three members of the delegation had signed the report.
According to him, Hon. Jubril Adamu from Kaduna State had to stay back in Saudi Arabia because his daughter took ill, while Hon. Patrick Ikahriale from Delta State jetted out to Spain, the very day the team returned to the country.
But investigation revealed that the movement of President Yar’Adua to the military hospital restricted access to him expect with clearance from the Saudi monarch.
“I don’t know if the report will include this vital point, but we were informed by officials of the Nigerian Embassy in Jeddah that the president had been moved to a military base.
“We also learnt that the Saudi king imported three cardiologists, one from Germany and two from The United States of America to complement the medical team that was assembled to handle the president’s ailment, a source close to the delegation said.
Also, it was confirmed that the report contained the interaction with the personal physician of the president and the Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, the South-South caucus in the House has been polarized into pro and anti- Jonathan groups.
Members of the caucus from Rivers State were alleged to be working against the entrenchment of Goodluck Jonathan, while those from Bayelsa State were in support of theacting president to consolidate power.
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