Nigerian leader Yar’Adua dies

Nigeria president Umaru Yar’Adua has died, an official at his office confirmed late on Wednesday.

Presidential spokesperson Olusegun Adeniyi told AP that Yar’Adua died at 9.00pm on Wednesday at the Aso Rock presidential villa.

Adua was ill for some time. The 58-year-old leader had left Nigeria in late November 2009 to receive medical treatment at a clinic in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for pericarditis, an inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart, which can restrict normal beating, The Guardian reported.

Rumours have been swirling about Yar’Adua’s health, and his prolonged absence led to protests about the lack of clear lines of authority in the country of 150-million people.

He returned in February 2010 after a three-month absence that left his country in political limbo.

Nigeria’s Vice-President, Goodluck Jonathan, took office as acting head of state after the country’s parliament voted to force ailing Yar’Adua to hand over, amid warnings that the instability was dangerous in a country with a history of military takeovers, AFP reported.

Until Yar’Adua took over as president in May 2007, he was governor of his northern Katsina home state for eight years.

Thisday Online said the leader would be buried on Thursday.

Advertisting

ANC and the state step back from taking action against...

Despite alleged abuses of power and people’s trust, the ANC appears to have abandoned plans to reform the controversial Ingonyama Trust Board

Mkhwebane moves to halt ‘grossly unfair’ impeachment process

The public protector has labelled her possible impeachment as unconstitutional and unlawful
Advertising

Press Releases

UKZN scientists make the grade

Dr Veron Ramsuran and Dr Lenine Liebenberg have been named in the African Academy of Science's top 40 list.

Wellcome Trust award goes to UKZN mental health champion

Dr Andr? J van Rensburg, a senior researcher in UKZN's Centre for Rural Health, received the Wellcome Trust Discretionary Award.

MTN gears up to deliver improved customer service

On 28 January, the first batch of MTN contract customers will be migrated onto the new customer service platform.

Request for expression of interest on analysis of quality and outcome indicators for regional and district hospitals in Lesotho

Introduction The Ministry of Health of Lesotho with the support of the World Bank funded Nutrition and Health Systems Strengthening...

MiX Telematics enhances in-vehicle video camera solution

The company has launched the gold MiX Vision Bureau Service, which includes driver-coaching tools to ensure risky driver behaviour can be addressed proactively and efficiently.

Boosting safety for cargo and drivers

The use of a telematics system for fleet vehicles has proved to be an important tool in helping to drive down costs and improve efficiency, says MiX Telematics Africa.

Silencing the guns and firearms amnesty

Silencing the guns and firearms amnesty

Gender-based violence is an affront to our humanity

Gender-based violence is an affront to our humanity