January 12th, 2010

Nigeria: the president's continued absence fuels corruption and chaos

Nigeria's parliament has voted to send a delegation to Saudi Arabia to check on President Umaru Yar'Adua's health.

The president has been in a Jeddah hospital since November, being treated for a heart condition.

Earlier, in his first public remarks in 50 days, he told the BBC he was recovering and hoped to be able to return to Nigeria to resume his duties.

His long absence and speculation over his health have led to calls for him to hand over power to his vice-president.

In its first session since the Christmas and New Year break, the national assembly passed resolutions requesting greater disclosure of the president's condition and to send a delegation to visit him in hospital to discuss "issues of national importance", AFP news agency said.

For more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8454729.stm