Politicians of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have expressed anxiety over plans by loyalists to ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua to bring him to the Friday Jumat service today.

Party officials said it is disturbing that this is coming three days before the Senate begins the screening of ministerial nominees on Monday. They also question the choice of a religious occasion for Mr. Yar’Adua’s re-emergence in public.

One source said, “if the President would be coming out four months after his absence, it ought not to be at a religious event because that will send the wrong signal.”

Mr. Yar’Adua, a Muslim from Kastina State participated in the weekly Jumat service at the National Mosque located at the Central business district in Abuja until his illness kept him from public view.

The ailing President was flown out of the country on the 23rd of November 2009 to Saudi Arabia for a heart condition and has since been out of public view.

Last week, two national dailies claimed that plans were afoot for the ailing president to make a public outing this week.

Top presidency and PDP officials confirmed to NEXT last night, that the planned outing has being fixed for today’s Friday prayers.

“The idea is to achieve maximum political impact and a religious approval” a PDP official said last night.

The PDP chairman; Vincent Ogbulafor, the speaker; Dimeji Bankole and a few other officials were in a closed-door meeting regarding the development, and the mood at the meeting, a knowledgeable source told NEXT, was “celebratory and bubbling.”

The National Assembly, on the 9th of February, 2010 declared the Vice President Goodluck Jonathan as the Acting President based on the ‘Doctrine of Necessity’ because the ailing president failed to hand over the reins of power to his vice before his departure as recommend by the constitution.

After much outcry and protest from civil societies and series of litigations on the lacuna in the nation’s presidency, the ailing president was sneaked into the country in the early hours of 26th of February, 2010, days after his Vice was declared the Acting President

The Acting President dissolved the Cabinet of ministers appointed by the ailing President last week and had just sent a list of Ministerial nominees to the Senate for screening. Mr Yar’Adua’s return to public life could cause uncertainty in the polity.

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3 Thoughts on “Yar’Adua to attend Jumat service

  1. kelly c c owori on March 26, 2010 at 9:40 pm said:

    NIGERIA IS A TIMING BOMB WAITING TO EXPLODE, A FAILED STATE, A COUNTRY WHERE NORTHERNERS DON,T TRUST PEOPLE FROM THE SOUTH NOR FROM THE EAST NOR FROM THE WEST , WE ARE CLAIMING TO BE ONE NIGERIA H A HA HA WE HAVE TO FACE THE REALITY MAMMAM GADAFFI SAID IT ALL.

  2. If yaraddua believes in the sanctity of one nigeria then he should first appear to the nation and make a broadcast of apology. Those crooks who want to use the appearance of yaradua to chop where they have not planted are bunch of fools. I believe in one nigeria and the only way out is for a SOVEREIGN NATIONAL CONFERENCE TO BE CALLED. State police should be allowed to operate, while at the same time FOI bill should be implemented. Ogbulafor, Bankole and others should know that nigerians are no fools. We cannot continue to be read as a failed state at the age of 50. It is only a foolish man who gets to that age and does not realised that he should start singing his nunc d mitus.

  3. All indications from the right source proves that the man is no longer in tune with this world, he is long dead, the vegetable body is what the wicked criminals around him, from his wife to the cabal, is using/abusing to continue their free for all looting.. One may wonder if he is still receiving salary as president or as a sick person? either way it is illegal, because he has not transmitted any official ‘sick letter’ and therefore there is no proof that he is not enjoying himself somewhere, or even long dead, while the criminals around him is cashing in the illegal fund…
    Too sad, because those that should ask the question are deeply involved in the crime and cannot have the moral fiber to question, such monumental level of crime…
    By the way, the article is wondering why he should appear in the mosque first, well, if at all there is any need to respond to that. Then the truth is that Yar’Adua is nothing but a fanatic and has not made any effort to hide it, remember he was one of the champions of Sharia in the already separated North, who only play one Nigeria game while the oil lasts… They have made every effort to share the Oil blocks and wells among their criminal generals and others within the North, while the true owners of the oil, will have to live as their slaves…
    The days of reckoning is not far away…

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