John Abayomi, Deputy Online Editor, with agency reports
50 days, after leaving Nigeria for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia with rumoured death in a section of the media, President Umar Musa Yar’Adua has spoken at last!

In an interview with the BBC, the first since he was whisked to King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on November 23, President Umar Yar’Adua said he is recovering and will soon resume at his desk .

The telephone interview with the BBC today coincides with the mass protest lead by Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, former Governor of old Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, the Ikemba of Nnewi, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu and pastor of Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare in Abuja.

In the recorded interview, Yar’Adua said he was making a good recovery.

“At the moment I am undergoing treatment, and I’m getting better from the treatment. I hope that very soon there will be tremendous progress, which will allow me to get back home,” he said.
“I wish, at this stage, to thank all Nigerians for their prayers for my good health, and for their prayers for the nation.”

Earlier, the Presidency reacting to the widespread speculations of the death of the ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua, yesterday, urged Nigerians to discountenance the story which it described as not only false, but also a figment of the writers’ imagination.

According to Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi, Presidential spokesman, who spoke from Angola, where he is participating in the ongoing CAF Nations Cup, said the public should discountenance the story, insisting that the president was not only alive, but very much conscious and getting better.

He told the State House correspondents from Angola where he had gone for the opening ceremonies of the African Cup of Nations: “The speculations are false.

The president is alive and actually getting better. He is very much conscious, can talk and has been talking, including making phone calls to some people back home.”

Adeniyi said he travelled to Angola with President Yar’Adua’s permission as a member of the Presidential Committee, adding, “so, I am here officially but I am coming back home hopefully tomorrow because he has so directed.”

The country was, yesterday, again for the second time in about 50 days, awakened by the news of the president’s death following a report to that effect published on the online edition of one American Chronicle, with concerned Nigerians making enquiries as to its veracity.

A local newspaper had last Sunday reported that the president who left the country on November 23 to seek treatment in Saudi Arabia for an ailment medically called acute pericarditis was brain-damaged and could not recognize anyone, including his wife, Turai.

Note: Readers should see link to the recorded telephone interview courtesy the BBC:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8453321.stm

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all we need is him giving us a video
not speaking
any body can speak
What stops the President from talking to the Nigerians through our local media (NTA or VOA)? Why not a video coverage? If Nigerians prayed for the President over 52 days ago for his recovery, why cant he speak first to his people now that he is recovering? We want him to talk to the entire nation not to the international community. Let there be a video coverage of his interview, at least for once let Nigerians hear and see the President for us to be sure he is alive.
Goodluck, FEC and National assembly have shown their insincerity, lack of patrotism and self centredness on the discharge of their duties. This is not too good for our young democracy. National assembly members have actually disapointed Nigerians on the manner at which they handled this matter. Let the leaders have re think and save this Nation. God bless Nigeria!
Uhmm! Well, time shall tell. Mr. President is very admired, and no body in his/her right senses will wish him dead, but Nigeria is too big to be fooled. Mr. President, we wish you quick recovery............God bless you.
In the recorded interview, Yar’Adua said he was making a good recovery.

“At the moment I am undergoing treatment, and I’m getting better from the treatment. I hope that very soon there will be tremendous progress, which will allow me to get back home,” he said.
“I wish, at this stage, to thank all Nigerians for their prayers for my good health, and for their prayers for the nation.”
this is what our leader was telling the BBC news , my Question is, is Nigerians not capable of having a first class information their Leader. again ,,,,,,,,,,is Nigeria a handbag to a certen group of poeple?.
soon Nieria will be at 50yr in poverty and corupt political system.
I visited this same website the above message was there, all i know is that at the end of the day we shall know who decieving who in this country.

Thanks for your reply.
It is a big fat lie, Why speak to a foreign media and not Nigeria......
Nigeria has become a laughing stock of a nation amongst the committee os nations. To me Nigeria is a failed state already. Instead for our leaders to be up & doing they are all criticising America for including us in the list of potential terrorists countries. Why wont they when we dont have a president, no acting president, no head of state & finally no leader.

I think the military suffice us at this stage!
Nice Post......

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