Written by Suleiman Bissalla:

The on-going scramble for positions in a soon to be reconstituted Federal cabinet could shortly hit a brick wall because President Umaru Yar’adua intends to resume duties in his office next week, a top source close to the ailing president told Daily Trust yesterday. However, another family source separately told Daily Trust that Yar’adua will be fit to resume work by the end of next month.

According to the top sources, Yar’adua intends to make a national radio and television broadcast to signal his resumption of work as early as Monday or Wednesday next week. They said Yar’adua may not write a letter to the National Assembly intimating it of his return because he did not transmit a letter before he proceeded on medical vacation, even though his spokesman later said Yar’adua recognised Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as the Acting President.

Both sources said Yar’adua has made much progress physically since his return to the country late last month, and that his remaining medical problem now is speech-related. The sources said the ailing president now walks around the house and also around the garden, where there are many birds and animals.

They said Yar’adua brought a speech therapist with him from the Saudi Arabian hospital and the doctor has been working since then to improve his speech. Both sources said he has made progress in his speech. One of the sources told Daily Trust that Yar’adua’s return to the country last month was “premature,” and that he was brought back before he finished his therapy “for political reasons.”

In the last two weeks, Daily Trust learnt that Yar’adua received several visiting family members, close friends, some political associates, some state governors and also some personal staff, even though he has not yet met with Acting President Goodluck Jonathan. Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience, however visited the residence and they met with Hajia Turai Yar’adua.

The sources said Yar’adua’s seclusion since his return to the country was ordered by the Saudi doctors because he suffered a severe infection while at the Saudi hospital when he received some visitors. The people who have been able to meet with him after his return, the sources said, were made to go through some disinfecting chambers before they were ushered into his presence. Those procedures have ended now, the sources said.

According to our sources, Yar’adua is not happy with the Acting President for sacking his aides, instituting a probe of his regime’s contract awards and dissolving his council of ministers. It is therefore likely that his resumption of work would severely upstage the on-going selection of new ministers by the Acting President.

Yar’adua first left the country for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia on November 21, last year and returned to the country after 93 days. While he was away, the National Assembly adopted a unanimous resolution in early February to recognise the Vice President as Acting President, despite Yar’adua’s failure to transmit a letter of medical vacation in line with Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution.

Since Yar’adua’s return to the country, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has continued to run the country and has carried out many far-reaching political measures, including dissolving the Federal cabinet last Wednesday.

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17 Thoughts on “Yar’adua returns to work next week – Associates

  1. ‘In the last two weeks, Daily Trust learnt that Yar’adua received several visiting family members, close friends, some political associates, some state governors and also some personal staff, even though he has not yet met with Acting President Goodluck Jonathan. Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience, however visited the residence and they met with Hajia Turai Yar’adua’.

    Funny isn’t. When the acting president made all effort to see him and failed, yet he received others. We cannot tolerate anarchy

  2. When he resumes, he will become a northern president while Jonathan will be there as the southern president. Technically, Nigeria would be assumed to have been divided. They will now decide where the capitals will be and begin to either appoint cabinet members or organize for elections. The new names for the different 2 countries would be determined and everyother structure would be put in place etc etc etc …………..

  3. Are we still talking about Yaradua ? If he is fit , thats fine but i doubt his fitness in running a nation. However, whatever happens, he shouldn’t be Nigeria’s problem now. That chapter has passed for long. We believe in forawrd ever, backward never.

  4. charles on March 24, 2010 at 9:47 am said:

    Interresting! The truth is that his return will never change anything in that God-foresaking land. Believe or not Nigeria is a failed state. It’s already destined for breakup in less than 10 years time. It will definetly occur in my generation.

  5. My advice to president Umaru Yar’adua. of Nigeria is to resign his job in the interest of his health and that of his nation. ‘Unease lies the head that wears the crown’ Life should be more precious than power.

  6. There is some that so called cabal don’t no. God is about to fulfill his promise, what is happening in Nigeria is not a surprise. The so called “Nigeria” is about to divide whether they like it or not, that is God will for poor masses.

  7. kelly c c owori on March 22, 2010 at 8:57 pm said:


  8. Dapo. on March 22, 2010 at 8:22 pm said:

    May I use this few lines to thanks all those who wish our president well,for him to return to power.It’s a good ideal,but if Umaru Yar’adua return to the seat of power,I will immidiatelly call out his senior brother (Sheu Musa)and Uncle Kashi Abiola from their graves,to become minister of Defence and Finance respectively.
    Thanks ,have a good evening.

  9. Richard Casava on March 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm said:

    This is simply excellent! Now he can sack ‘VICE PRESIDENT’ Goodluck Jonathan for abusing his political powers. VP Jonathan had absolutely no right to dissolve the cabinet. I am still encouraged that our VP Jonathan is still under the influence of our former President. We all know that if this is the case it is not good at all. Even though some people don’t want Yar’Adua back, we still need him so we can have a REAL President. However, I do think that he, President Yar’Adua, needs to make some sort of public speech or an interview to clear the air about whether he is still physically and mentally fit to run our country.

  10. you know what only God will help Nigeria out of the hand of this power mongers, who don’t have the interest of Nigeria at heart. Thank God they are not going to live forever, they will definitaely die one day and will give account of all their deeds.

  11. Well, the failed British project called Nigeria is the only a place on earth where ghosts work and receive salary… in fact the number of ghost workers are more than the actual workers..
    Who is surprise at this news by unrepentant evil terrorists that will never give up until they died with the many they could get? After all the disease infested man has been ruling as a ghost for over 4 months, so telling us that the ghost called Yar’Adua will be back next week or even already back won’t come as a surprise.. It is only a hopelessly failed NO MAN’s LAND like ‘Nigeria’ that you’ll be hearing this kind of stupidity… the genocide land with no light at the end of the tunnel…
    Unless the poor suffering people -Over 80% of the population- rise up against the evil, they will remain in chains! Breaking up failed Nigeria It is long is long overdue!!

  12. Charles Tola on March 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm said:

    It seems Yaradua is more concerned with ruling Nigeria than his health, therefore he does not need our sympathy again. We can only pray not for Nigeria, but for ourselves against being ruled by a ‘dumb’ and sick president whose presence in the office may affect our wellbeing. May the hosts fo heaven kill the plans and all behind it, in Jesus name amen.

  13. Valentine Anijah on March 22, 2010 at 9:36 am said:

    Turai should take care of his husband’s health and not push him to early grave. If she’s a good wife she should play that motherly role in a rather humble manner. Yaradua needs all the care expected of a good wife now. May the Good Lord give the President the Grace to regain his health.

  14. Valentine Anijah on March 22, 2010 at 9:31 am said:

    Why are the cabals still interjecting the smooth administration of Goodluck Jonathan? What would be their immediate gain if they eventually kill Yaradua i Office? By the way President Yaradua who would be back to office as earlier speculated, next Monday is coming to do what? He should know that his ailment is not just a mere headache or malaria which could be treated easily with paracetamol. If he’s a man of honour he should honorably resign. Truth is bitter but must be told., he Mr President is no longer fit health wise to occupy that hot seat. I enjoined all who’s bent on ensuring that Umaru returns to office to kindly drop that notion. I expect the President’s proposed national broadcast to be final resignation and not resumption of duties. Let Turai take of his husbands health and to push him to his early grave.

  15. Hard Fact on March 22, 2010 at 9:31 am said:

    One way or the other, Nigeria will survive the evil mechanisations of its enemies.
    If Yar’Adua is coming for a vengeance mission, then it is that negative spirit that will finally nail his coffin.
    Was he expecting the country to be comatose till he comes back?

  16. Remy Chidozie/ua on March 22, 2010 at 9:03 am said:

    only in a failed country can this rubbish happen,how can a dump man runs the affairs of millions.
    it is high time arewa get their own republic & put this man as their ruler.

  17. This is mere wishful thought of some cabals. It is also designed to cause confusion in the land. The authenticity is in doubt to the power of 100!

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