Is Umaru Yar’Adua the President of Nigeria Dead or Alive?

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President Umaru Yar’Adua has not been seen or heard from since he flew to Saudi Arabia for treatment for a heart complaint seven weeks ago. His long absence has pushed Africa’s second-largest oil exporter to the brink of its most serious constitutional crisis since the end of 33 years of military rule in 1999.

Anger was growing in Africa’s most populous nation, evenly split between Christians and Muslims, over an alleged government cover-up designed to hide the severity of the 58-year-old’s condition.

The respected Nigerian newspaper Next claimed that Mr Yar’Adua was “seriously brain-damaged and unable to recognise anyone including his wife”. …

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