Yar’Adua Returns Soon – VP


Vice President Goodluck Jonathan says President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua will return to the country soon.

He gave the assurance last Thursday at a ceremony to receive letters of credence from four new ambassadors. Jonathan thanked them “for their concern over the health of President Yar’Adua, and assured them,  “the president would soon be back in the country”.

A statement from the VP’s office did not indicate when exactly Yar’Adua, who left the country on November 23, would return.

Yar’Adua’s prolonged absence has caused a “period of uncertainty” for  top oil producer Nigeria, the United States and European Union said Thursday in a joint statement.

“Nigeria is going through a period of uncertainty because of the prolonged illness of President Musa Umaru Yar?Adua,” said the statement by the United States, European Union, Britain and France.

A Nigerian federal high court will on last Friday ruled on a suit filed by top Nigerian lawyers seeking an order for Yar’Adua to hand full powers to Jonathan until his return.