Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua returned to Abuja on Wednesday after a three-month absence to receive medical treatment abroad. Vice President Goodluck Jonathan will remain in power until Yar’Adua is well enough to resume his duties.
Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua returned to the capital, Abuja, on Wednesday after a three-month absence while receiving medical treatment abroad. His health is expected to determine whether he resumes leadership powers from the vice president.
Nigerian Vice President Goodluck Jonathan has assumed office as acting president, raising hopes of an end to the political uncertainty that has plagued the country since President Umaru Yar’Adua left for medical treatment more than two months ago.
Nigeria's Senate passed a motion on Tuesday calling for Vice President Goodluck Jonathan to serve as the country's leader while President Umaru Yar'Adua (pictured) receives treatment abroad for a heart condition.
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An armed Nigerian group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), announced Saturday it was calling off its unilateral ceasefire decreed on October 25 in the country's vital oil-producing southern region.
Sixty-one more bodies were found on Monday in two different locations after Muslim-Christian clashes in central Nigeria last week. Earlier on Monday police arrested over 300 suspects thought to have been involved in the violence.