President Umaru Yar’Adua is seriously brain damaged, is not able to recognise anyone, including his wife Turai, and can no longer perform the functions of the office of the president, according to multiple sources who have spoken to NEXT on Sunday.
But this fact, which has left a nation of 150 million people rudderless and its government in disarray, is being concealed from the public through an elaborate scam orchestrated directly and energetically by the First Lady.
Turai Yar’Adua has barred all but two security and two civilian aides, and a legislator from communicating with the president in a two-tier power loop of which she is the organising principal. The inner core consists of the president’s chief security officer, Mohammed Tilde, and his military ADC, Mustapha Onoedieva; an infantry colonel from Edo State. Through Mrs. Yar’Adua, this small knot works with Shehu Inuwa Imam, a member of the House of Representatives from Katsina State who is the president’s childhood friend; Tanimu Yakubu, the president’s chief economic adviser; and Sayyadi Abba Ruma, the agriculture minister. She is also aided, in addition to the ‘Gang of Four’, by Inuwa Baba, the senior private adviser to the president on protocol matters.
Mr. Baba is an old Yar’Adua family friend, so loyal that he once got into prison uniform to stay behind bars with Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, the elder brother of the current president. who died in Abacha’s gulag in 1999.
The group has blocked all direct access to the rapidly ailing president, said sources in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf region and in Europe and the US.
Despite several trips to Saudi Arabia, no other Nigerian government official, including the president’s principal private secretary, ministers, and governors, has succeeded in seeing the president, who vanished from our country 50 days ago and has not been heard from since.
The people working frantically to keep up this ruse, including Mr. Yakubu, have also gone to great lengths to deceive the public, by claiming they have spoken to a president who is unable to speak and has lost all powers of cognition.
In fact, we can confirm that senior government officials lied when they claimed that Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, who is next in line to succeed Mr. Yar’Adua, has spoken directly to the president.
Although Mr. Jonathan subsequently went along with the charade, he has confided in several people in recent days that he did not speak to the president at all, according to informed sources. “He is trying not to create any friction because he knows he is about to become the next president,” one source told our reporters.
In a telephone conversation with NEXT on Sunday, the Attorney General of the Federation, Michael Aondoakaa, emphatically dismissed any notion that the president did not speak to any of the state officials. Mr. Aondoakaa said the vice president confirmed this claim himself that the dialogue took place,”No, that cannot be the case,” Mr. Aondoakaa insisted on Friday.
Mrs. Yar’Adua now relies on an all-Saudi staff, including drivers, security personnel and others, in the hope that no Nigerian outside her Gang of Three on the ground in Jeddah can tell for certain what is going on. Such is the nearly impregnable ring of steel thrown around the fading leader that even his principal private secretary, David Edevbie, was unable to see him when he recently travelled to Saudi Arabia, ostensibly to get the “president” to sign the budget. We have learned that Mr. Edevbie was restricted to his hotel, where he received a visit from the president’s chief security officer, who collected the documents and subsequently returned them “signed.”
He may never come back
Even the president’s closest and most powerful aides have accepted that Mr. Yar’Adua may never return as president. “It is over for this president,” said one source at the centre of the nation’s political firmament. “The question is when and how.”
Virtually all those who spoke to NEXT did so on condition of anonymity, reflecting the sensitivity surrounding the president’s rapidly deteriorating health and their own political calculations during an inevitable transition.
While the end is virtually certain, several sources said the First Lady is hoping to hold off any acknowledgment of Mr. Yar’Adua’s incapacitation in the hope of lining up a friendly successor, including an effort to position Adamu Aliero, the minister of the federal capital territory and a close ally of the First Lady, as the new vice president once Mr. Jonathan steps up to the presidency as mandated by the constitution.
Other political forces, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, as well as a claque of powerful former military officers led by Ibrahim Babangida, the former military president, are also pushing various candidates to be Mr. Jonathan’s deputy (see accompanying story.)
However, many see Mr. Jonathan, a colourless former governor of tiny Bayelsa state and an accidental vice president, as a mere transitional figure who will hold power only until the next elections are held, perhaps as early as November.
By that calculation, the ruling People’s Democratic Party will honor its internal rotational arrangements to keep a northerner in the presidency for an additional term of four years. This would put a new vice president in pole position to become the PDP presidential candidate and be a sure bet to be the next president. The calculation is that, in Nigeria, votes do not count and the incumbent party is practically guaranteed to use every means to maintain itself in power.
In orchestrating her increasingly frantic efforts, Turai Yar’Adua’s has proved an enthusiastic user of email as well as sms messages to friend and foe alike. She, with the gang wound tight around the president, has been working hard to sell the candidacy of Ailero to be Jonathan’s deputy.
A government in chaos
The cloak of secrecy thrown around the president’s status, and Turai Yar’Adua’s determined push for an ally to succeed her ailing husband, have thrown our government into chaos. “Nobody knows what’s going on,” confessed one senior government official.
The cabinet, or federal executive council, is paralysed because it is in the dark. On a recent interview with BBC, for example, Ojo Maduekwe, the foreign minister, said, incredibly, that he had had “no cause” to speak to the president for the past six weeks! Information minister Dora Akunyili has issued statement after statement even though she has not had any contact with the president.
Yet the cabinet, which should by law start the process of declaring the president medically incapacitated, is refusing to lift a finger.
The sense of confusion has also stopped senior officials from coordinating their official actions. For example, according to our sources, Ahmed Yayale, the secretary to the government, had no idea that Mr. Edevbie had travelled to Saudi Arabia to try to see the president-until after the fact.
Even the security services are not immune to the governmental disarray. The director general of the State Security Services (SSS), Afakriya Gadzama is said to be angry that Mr. Tilde, the president’s chief security officer, is no longer taking his calls.
As an employee of the SSS seconded to be at the president’s side, Mr. Tilde is supposed to keep his agency in the loop regarding the president’s safety.
That even the SSS chief is kept out of the loop is particularly jarring. Mr. Gadzama is after all widely considered a trusted aide of President Yar’Adua. The two go back as far as their high school days at Barewa College, where Mr. Yar’Adua, then a house prefect, appointed Mr. Gadzama to succeed him in 1971.
“If Turai doesn’t trust Gadzama,” said one source who is also a Barewa old boy, “that is how paranoid they have become.”
This royal mess has left Abuja in a state of paralysis. “The government has ground to a halt,” a senior official said last week. “Something will have to give very soon.”
Wow this is serious.So much money,degrading health
Health, they say, is wealth, but wealth is never really health. Is ‘adua wealthy?
Only God knows the TRUTH and by the next 10days the country will know
na waoh make God heal my president anyone behind it God go catch am
We shall not mock or smile at him because nobody above the sickness may Allmighty Allah hell him and protect all o0f us ameen
in my own opinion,dere is no need for game.the president,if not resign should at least allow an acting president so as to face his health squarely cos health is paramount
If truly Mrs Turai Yar'Adua is doing all these which she knows the consequence then, she should forget her husband getting better. She decided to turn Nigeria upside down in her power game. Is just a question of time, Turai or whatever she call her name will soon be irrelevant in Nigeria. Can she do more than Maryam Babangida that recently shamelessly died of cancer which her powerful husband should have establish a center or more for during their regime as head of military junta. Non of them will go unpunished with the way they are pushing us in this country.
Things are bad!
Our greate leader that we are hopeful of has getting sick but ew all hope that he we get better so soon, but i am shocked of some comments people made. no matter what happen he will remain our leader, we should better pray he get well and serve our country better!
i believe president is not a do or die affair,if truly yaradua cannot continue let him step aside and goodluck become the president according to our constitution,it is now i know that this mans name is goodluck (from deputy governor to governor and now from vice president to president,who know what he will become next) in the spirit of democracy let him resign and move this country forward
My Prayer is for him to get well and return safely bcos nobody is above sickness and who know who will be the next victim either the vice president Goodluck or any of the top official that are eyeing his position.
Why are black men like these, they like to die in power. If it is a white man, he would have resigned for long. Is it by dying as a president that would have made him to go to heaven
WHEN THE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA WAS IN NIGERIA HIS BRAIN WAS NOT DAMAGED ONLY WHEN HE WAS IN ANOTHER COUNTRY HIS BRAIN WAS DAMAGED !!! NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT SHOULD UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH TODAY YOUR CITIZENS ARE EXCELLING EVERY WHERE DESPITE THE FACT THAT THERE ARE ODDS SITUATION IN SOME COUNTRIES EVEN AGAINST NIGERIANS . AND CITIZENS OF OTHER COUNTRIES TOO. IN THE MIDST OF THE ODDS THEY ARE PERFORMING BETTER . PLEASE ALL LOVERS OF NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS WHO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND SAYING WILL LIKE TO ADVICE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT TO PLEASE TAKE THE PRESIDENT BACK HOME FOR TREATMENT IN NIGERIAN UNIVERSITY AND WARN SERIOUSLY THAT THE INFORMATION COLLECTED SHOULD ON NO ACCOUNT BE CODED INTO ANY CHIPS OR CELL.. IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD HERE," WHAT PEOPLE ARE CARRYING IS NOT WHAT THEY ARE SELLING." IT IS A PROVERBS THEY WILL COLLECT ALL INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR BRAIN AND EVENTUALLY CODE IT TO ALL THEIR CELLS IS THAT NOT WHAT THEY ARE DOING??? VERY WICKED PEOPLE ! NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT, PERMIT ME TO ASK YOU THIS NOBLE QUESTION ; WHY HAVE THEY NOT FLOWN THE DOCTORS TO COME IN TO PERFORM THEIR DUTIES IN NIGERIAN HOSPITAL?? ARE THEY SAYING A WHOLE GOVERNMENT CAN NOT AFFORD TO BUY ANY MEDICAL GADGETS THEY INTEND TO USE FOR THEIR GOVERNMENT??? APOLOGY TO THOSE WHO ARE GOOD AND EVERYTHING THEY ARE DOING IS ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD , TO THOSE WHO HAVE WICKED ULTERIOR MOTIVES YOU WILL NEVER RECEIVE APOLOGY IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH. THE WRITER OF THIS ARTICLES IS IN THE CAUCUS OF MEDICAL PERSONNEL SO HE KNOWS WHAT HE HAS WRITTEN DOWN.. WHAT I HAVE WRITTEN DOWN HERE I REALLY WANT IT TO BE AN EYE OPENER TO( 1) VALUE YOUR OWN MEDICAL PERSONNEL( 2) CONTINUAL DEVELOPMENT OF NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES MEDICAL DEPARTMENTS (3) TO SHOW TO THE WORLD THAT NIGERIAN MEDICAL GRADUANDS ARE EXCELLING AND WILL BE EXCELLING IN ALL RAMIFICATION.(4) TO SHOW THAT NIGERIAN MEDICAL GRADUANDS SHOULD BECOME EFFECTIVE TOOLS WITHIN THE WORLD MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TO CORRECT THE IDEAS OF USING CODING HUMAN BRAIN TO CELLS (CHIPS ) EVEN WHEN THE PERSON KNOW YOU HAVE DUBIOUSLY DONE THAT. NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT SOMEBODY WHO COULD NOT RECOGNIZED HIS WIFE HOW ARE YOU SURE SOME GROUP OF WICKED PEOPLE HAVE NOT LURE HIM TO SIGN A HEAVY BILL AT THE EXPENSE OF NIGERIAN CITIZENS HOME AND AWAY CAPITALIZING ON HIS PREDICAMENT AT THAT POINT IN TIME. NIGERIAN FINANCIAL PERSONNEL AND STUDENTS SHOULD OPEN THEIR EYES TO THAT ALSO. WE LOVE NIGERIA AS WE LOVE OUR OWN COUNTRIES. WE PRAY THAT GOD ALMIGHTY IN HIS INFINITE MERCY GIVE HIM STRENGTH TO RECOVER .AMEN
The clouds have gathered already and the rain of reality must pour. Do the ethnic power rotation plotters think they can stand against the tide of change? Grouping South and East together– Civil war sentiments and lot. Their nightmares are turning reality–soonest! ‘It’s (nyamiri’s) time,’ says Nigeria’s destiny.
brain damaged or not may Almighty God save and protect us and our country from the hands of evil doers, Ameen.
any body wey wan die make he die
I dont b-liv d v.president. I had his history rite wen he was in d sec. sch as a headboy’s asst d headboy was clenched aside and he took over(1).he was then a sectery under L.G d chaiman was dead and he tok over(2).he was den a v.gov and d gov. Was snatched away and he took d position(3).so presently he wants dis t b repeated on d president. Gudluck wat a u up to ruining ur masters?
it's obvious that the president of Nigeria is not coming back sound and healthy as was thought, why conceal the truth from the millions of Nigerians. Maybe if the truth is revealed, the presently helpless Nation might be helpful in choosing a new president the will carry this great country along.
GOD HELP THE PRESIDENT.
GOD will guide us astray. mr president will be well but he should resign to takecare of himself.
Nigerians believe in who is there (President or Leader) is perfect. fuck the sick president, someone take over.