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Jonathan remains Acting President, says Yar’Adua’s aide

By Daniel Idonor
AS anxiety and confusion persisted Wednesday in Aso Rock over who presides over Nigeria’s presidency, the Presidency said Acting President Goodluck Jonathan will continue to function in the capacity until President Umaru Yar’Adua fully recovers.

In a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Olusegun Adeniyi, the Presidency said “after being discharged by the team of medical experts overseeing his treatment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua returned to the Presidential Villa, Abuja early this morning (Wednesday)”.

“However, while the President completes his recuperation,  Vice President Jonathan will continue to oversee the affairs of state”, the statement noted.

While assuring that the health of President Yar’Adua has greatly improved on account of unceasing prayers of Nigerians and by the special grace of God, the statement said “President Yar’Adua is grateful to the Vice President,  Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, for competently overseeing the affairs of state in his absence”.

The Statement

“After being discharged by the team of medical experts overseeing his treatment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua returned to the Presidential Villa, Abuja early this morning (Wednesday).

President Yar’Adua wishes to express his profound gratitude to all Nigerians for their prayers for his recovery, their exceptional generosity of spirit and their appreciation of the fact that all mortals are subject to the vagaries of ill-health.

President Yar’Adua is grateful to the Vice President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, for competently overseeing the affairs of state in his absence.

The President also wishes to thank the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the entire membership of the National Assembly, the Governors’ Forum, and the Judiciary, the Armed Forces and other security agencies, former heads of state and other eminent Nigerians for their roles in maintaining order and stability during his absence.

President Yar’Adua wishes to re-assure all Nigerians that on account of their unceasing prayers and by the special grace of God, his health has greatly improved.

However, while the President completes his recuperation, Vice President Jonathan will continue to oversee the affairs of state.”


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