Nigerians in diaspora write to Saudi king over Yar’Adua

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Nigerians in diaspora write to Saudi king over Yar'Adua

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There is a thick cloud of uncertainty over the claim that ailing Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua had telephone conversations with key officials of his administration from his sick bed in a Saudi Arabian hospital.

At the same time, Nigerians in the diaspora have written a letter to Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud on the continued absence of President Yar'Adua from the country, demanding true information on the state of his health.

The Forum, which is based in London, said in the letter made available to Thisday newspaper that it had become compelling because Nigerian leaders have decided to hoard information on the exact state of the President's state, adding that the situation has inflicted harsh conditions on 150 million Nigerian people to whom the President is accountable.

Reports yesterday

There were reports on Wednesday that the President, who left the country exactly 46 days ago, spoke with Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan, President of the Senate, David Mark and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Dimeji Bankole.

But none of the three key officials of the Yar'Adua administration spoke directly on the said telephone conversations which allegedly took place with the President. Minister of Information and Communications, Prof Dora Akunyili, who spoke with journalists at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting, said Mr Jonathan told FEC members that he spoke with the President on Tuesday.

Asked to give an update on the President's health, Ms Akunyili said, "What I know is what the Vice-President told us just before the council meeting that he (Jonathan) spoke with Mr President at about 8pm yesterday (Tuesday)." When asked if President Yar'Adua gave Mr Jonathan any information concerning his return to the country, Ms Akunyili said, "This is the only information I have."

The letter to the Saudi king, Nigerians in Diaspora alleged that the Saudi government has unfortunately been part of the conspiracy, which has continued to deny Nigerians of the truth about the health situation of their president - whether he's still alive or not, improving or worsening in his health condition.

The letter signed by Nigerians in the United Kingdom, including former Minister of the Federal Capital Terrotory, Nasir el-Rufai, implored the Saudi King to respond promptly to avert a repeat of the situation in 1983, when the military government of General Muhammadu Buhari was toppled while he was away in Saudi, a situation which it said the Saudi Kingdom found embarrassing.

The letter read: "We the under-listed concerned citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria address this open letter of appeal to your government to reveal to Nigerians the exact location and state of health of our president, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, who we believe has been your guest and patient in one of your hospitals since November 23, 2009.

This Open Letter of Appeal has become necessary because a nation of nearly 150 million has has not seen or heard of its president for six weeks without any credible information.." "Your Royal Highness, Umaru Yar'Adua is not a private patient but our President and an employee accountable to millions of people. Information about his physical and mental well-being cannot be subject to the usual medical confidentiality of any ordinary citizen. This information should not be kept secret from the people he leads.

Sadly, we must admit, that our current government has failed to be truthful and transparent about the extent of infirmity of our president. "In the eyes of many Nigerians, the Saudi government has by default, become part of the conspiracy of secrecy that threatens to destabilize our democracy. Because without information on whether the president is alive or dead, permanently or temporarily infirm, the appropriate provisions of our Constitution cannot take effect to deepen and broaden our democracy. The effect of this leadership vacuum on our nation's peace, progress and orderliness is self-evident, your Highness,..," the letter read.

In another development, yesterday in Abuja, Governors who are members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held a "solidarity" meeting with Vice President Jonathan, after which they declared that they do not know when President Yar'Adua would return from Saudi Arabia.

The Governors, led by Bukola Saraki of Kwara State, had met on Tuesday night in Abuja and resolved to brief Jonathan on their deliberations. Asked on Wednesday to comment on Yar'Adua's state of health and the possibility of his returning home soon, Saraki said: "These are two different issues. (His) health is different from the time that he will come back, and we are happy to see a great improvement in (his) health.

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I do not think it was wise for the nigerians in the diaspora to write and
complain to the king of saudia arabia asking of where about of their president.

The government is or was still there in naigeria and their complains should
have been directed there.

How could a group of people sit and write a letter to a foreign govanment
asking to be told about their president when the elected government was still
in place.

This is beyond all of my intelligence.
 

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The Nigerians in diaspora, they can write but they may not be replied to and their enquiry may go into the trash. There is a Nigerian govt in place in which the letter should have addressed to.
 

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He doesn't look like one year younger than Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, does he? He must be seriously sick!!!
 

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He doesn't look like one year younger than Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, does he? He must be seriously sick!!!
Considering his age, I also think so.

This was better.
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Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (born 16 August 1951),also known as Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar'adua, is the 2nd President of Nigeria's Fourth Republic . He served as governor of Katsina State in northern Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 28 May 2007. He was declared the winner of the controversial Nigerian presidential election held on 21 April 2007, and was sworn in on 29 May 2007. He is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP
 

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He doesn't look like one year younger than Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, does he? He must be seriously sick!!!
Viongozi hasa wa Afrika mara nyingi maradhi yao yanafichwa, wananchi wao hawaambiwi ukweli wa maradhi yanayowasibu, inabidi wananchi wawatambue kuwa wagonjwa kutokana na utendaji wao kuwa haujitoshelezi na maamuzi yao kugubikwa na utata!! Mfano ni marehemu Albert Bernard BONGO [Omar pia], huyu bwana alikuwa mkware wa kutupa na akaukwaa ukimwi lakini baada ya kifo chake wakasema alikufa kwa malaria!!
 

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I do not think it was wise for the nigerians in the diaspora to write and
complain to the king of saudia arabia asking of where about of their president.

The government is or was still there in naigeria and their complains should
have been directed there.

How could a group of people sit and write a letter to a foreign govanment
asking to be told about their president when the elected government was still
in place.

This is beyond all of my intelligence.
Jammu Africa,

There is no government in Nigeria so to speak...the man left
with it. The problem lies in the fact that he did not give powers
to the V-P to carry out weighty matters while he was away.

It is the fear of many that as this thing drags on, the military
might start polishing their guns in anticipation.
 

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Viongozi hasa wa Afrika mara nyingi maradhi yao yanafichwa, wananchi wao hawaambiwi ukweli wa maradhi yanayowasibu, inabidi wananchi wawatambue kuwa wagonjwa kutokana na utendaji wao kuwa haujitoshelezi na maamuzi yao kugubikwa na utata!! Mfano ni marehemu Albert Bernard BONGO [Omar pia], huyu bwana alikuwa mkware wa kutupa na akaukwaa ukimwi lakini baada ya kifo chake wakasema alikufa kwa malaria!!
Safi sana.

Ni maoni yangu kwamba hawa viongozi wa Africa inabidi wawe
wakitoa their health records before running for office and periodically
while in office. Hii kufichaficha mambo haisadii kitu bali it creates
tension and unnecessary anxiety.
 

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The guy is on a dialysis machine, probably unconscious now...if not dead.
He has chronic renal failure and recently developed "uremic pericarditis", let's leave it at that.
 

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Jammu Africa,

There is no government in Nigeria so to speak...the man left
with it. The problem lies in the fact that he did not give powers
to the V-P to carry out weighty matters while he was away.

It is the fear of many that as this thing drags on, the military
might start polishing their guns in anticipation.
Very true, so Ya'aradua went with government to Saudia. What a
big shame.

It is easier for the Nigerians in the diaspora to write to the king of Saudia
than Ya'aradua, asking the where about of their president.

This made me really laugh for some hours that people around me thought
something was wrong with me.

Those Nigerian in the so called diaspora are so funny and should look for
something better to do.
 

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