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Sick Nigeria leader faces court action to oust him

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    Sick Nigeria leader faces court action to oust him

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    President Umaru Yar'Adua: No sign of his return from Saudi Arabia


    A senior opposition politician in Nigeria has begun legal action to try to force the country's sick president to step down on health grounds.
    President Umaru Yar'Adua has been seriously ill in hospital in Saudi Arabia for a month.

    Farouk Adamu Aliyu of the All Nigeria People's Party has asked the federal high court to rule whether the president has the capacity to govern.

    Doctors say President Yar'Adua is suffering from acute pericarditis.

    The condition is an inflammation of the lining of the heart.
    Mr Yar'Adua has not formally handed over power and as a result Nigeria is locked in a political impasse.

    Wild rumours


    Now Mr Aliyu has launched his court bid in order to establish three points:
    • whether the president's 30-day absence amounts to incapacity
    • whether the Nigerian government has broken the law on the issue
    • whether Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan can lawfully take power
    The BBC's Lagos correspondent says a ruling from the court would help bring clarity to the situation in which wild rumours have swept the country.

    These rumours have included claims that the president is in a coma, or that he has been struck dumb.

    Ministers have said the president is responding to treatment and have asked Nigerians to pray for his recovery.

     
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    2 African countries are now being held at ransom because of the
    uncertainity underlining the health of its Presidents; Guinea and Nigeria.

    This a shame for the budding democracy on the continent and people
    need to start to realise that the countries are bigger than these hegemonic
    Presidents.

    The bell has sounded and time is up Mr Yar'Adua and Captain Camara.
     
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