Uncertainty looms as Nigerian president returns from Saudi hospita

Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua arrived back in Abuja on Wednesday after three months in a Saudi Arabian hospital, renewing uncertainty over the leadership of Africa's most
populous nation.

There was no immediate word on his condition but a presidential adviser said it was unlikely he would immediately resume office, suggesting Vice
President Goodluck Jonathan would remain acting head of state for now.

Yar'Adua's absence brought sub-Saharan Africa's second biggest economy to the brink of constitutional crisis and threatened to paralyse the business of government, until Jonathan was sworn in as acting leader
two weeks ago.

Jonathan has since adopted the mantle of leadership, reshuffling ministers, pledging to tackle chronic power shortages and forge ahead with an amnesty in the oil-producing Niger
Delta. Some politicians have said he could win support to run for
president in elections due by April next year.

"The news of the president's arrival is reportedly causing a lot of anxiety in Abuja especially among politicians, many of whom had prepared themselves for
a post Yar'Adua era," Nigerian newspaper NEXT said on its website.

Emmanuel Egbogah, presidential adviser on petroleum matters, confirmed Yar'Adua
had arrived in Nigeria on Wednesday morning but told Reuters it was
"doubtful" he would immediately take over executive powers

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