BREAKING NEWS: YAR'ADUA RETURNS
Nigerian ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua, 58, in the wee hours of Wednesday returned to Abuja, after spending about three months in Saudi Arabia on medical treatment. He arrived amidst tight security at about 1.40 p.m. WAT in an air ambulance owned by Saudi King Abdullah.
A white Ford E-250 ambulance was spotted leaving the airport in a convoy escorted with tight security.
Abuja has been agog with rumours of the president's arrival for several hours.
Last night, Aso Rock sources said a truck with medical delivery was allowed into the presidential wing of the villa.
Reuters quoted Nigerian government sources and a Saudi airport official as source for the report.
"The president left at 10.22 p.m. (1922 GMT) alone in a plane and another plane carried Nigerian government envoys," the delegation sent by the federal executive council (FEC) which went to Saudi Arabia to greet the president, an official at the Jeddah airport said.
Journalists who thronged the airport were not allowed to come close to the international wing of the airport by security men.
However, around 3am, a convoy carrying the president was seen driving to Asorock presidential villa.
President Yar’Adua is known to suffer from acute kidney and liver condition. He was last seen in public on November 23, 2009 and was admitted at the King Faisal hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia until a few hours ago.
The federal government delegation to Saudi Arabia did not see him and were unable to meet with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
Yar’Adua’s illness and long absence without transferring power to his deputy, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan heated the polity until a political solution was worked out to allow Jonathan step ascend to become Acting President.
President Umaru Yar'Adua has finally returned to Nigeria 93 days after undergoing treatment in a hospital in Saudi Arabia.
Security sources revealed to Nigerian Tribune that his plane landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 1.46am.
The security at the airport was said to have been very tight. It was gathered that a white ambulance drove straight to pick him from the plane amidst the tight security.
The president's kinsmen at Katsina had rolled out the drums since yesterday evening when they learnt that his plane had left Saudi Arabia yesterday night.
Written by Okey Muogbo, TRIBUNE