Can we say something like “Thank God”. Nigeria’s ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua will eventually hand over power to Vice President Goodluck Jonathan by writing an official handover letter.
The letter, formally informing the Senate that Mr Yar’Adua is on “medical vacation”, automatically means his deputy becomes acting president.
The president’s allies have previously resisted calls for him to step aside.
He has been in a hospital in Saudi Arabia since November, prompting fears of a power vacuum and street protests.
The president is suffering from an inflammation of the lining around the heart and has long suffered from kidney problems.
Nigeria’s powerful state governors have said they believe Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan should be acting president.
In what seems to be the best move for the political stability of the country, Yar Adua has finally succumbed to both internal and external pressures.
On tuesday, Prof Dora Akunyili, the Minister of Information, had sent out a letter to the Cabinet insisting Yar’Adua step down from the presidency.
Source: BBC UK