The Nigerian cabinet has been ordered by the federal court to decide within 14 days if ill President Umaru Yar’Adua who has been out of the country in Saudi Arabia for about 60 days, is fit to lead the country.
The court ruling directed the cabinet to pass a resolution about whether he “is incapable of discharging the functions of his office”.
Ever since the president left the country in November, there have been a lot of concerns and rumors about if he is fit to rule and even worse, if he’s still alive.
The Federal High Court ruled that cabinet should hear testimony from five doctors, one of whom should be the president’s personal physician.
If cabinet decides that the president is not fit to carry out his duties, the vice-president would take over, the court ruled.
President Yar’Adua is being treated for inflammation of the lining around the heart and has a long-standing kidney complaint.
On Thursday, over 1,000 people marched in Lagos to protest against Mr Yar’Adua’s prolonged absence from the country.
The protesters argue that when the president left the country to go to hospital he did not hand executive powers to his deputy, as required by the constitution.
Last week, Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan was granted presidential rights in the country, but some argue that those powers are very limited and more ceremonial than executive.
Source: BBC News