Nigerian acting president keeps full powers for now


Nigerian Vice President Goodluck Jonathan will keep full executive powers for now, the presidency said on Thursday, in an apparent bid to ease fears of a power struggle after the return of ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua.

Nigerian Acting President still keep full executive powers

Yar’Adua’s surprise arrival on Wednesday after three months in a Saudi hospital raised concern that a cabal around him was fighting to sideline Jonathan and retain influence in Africa’s most populous nation, a major oil exporter.

His return in the early hours was so shrouded in secrecy that even Jonathan and most ministers were unaware he was coming.

Yar’Adua’s spokesman announced in a special television broadcast that Jonathan remained Nigeria’s acting leader and commander-in-chief.

“The Acting President has already called us for a meeting tomorrow to brief us on how things will work, that is how he will run the presidency including everybody so it is just one presidency,” Yar’Adua’s spokesman Olusegun Adeniyi said.

Any return to uncertainty could again paralyse government decision making in the OPEC member of more than 140 million people and endanger hopes of cementing an amnesty for rebels in the oil-producing Niger Delta.

Fears of a power struggle were fanned by the role of Yar’Adua’s wife Turai, who controls access to a leader not seen in public for three months.

Presidency sources say Yar’Adua is in a mobile intensive care unit. Jonathan has not spoken with him since his return

SOURCED FROM REUTERS

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