Nigeria Opposition Party seeks evidence on Yar’Adua’s health status

The Action Congress (AC) has demanded a concrete evidence to show that the health condition of President Umaru Yar’Adua is indeed improving as being claimed by some of his aides, saying the current state of suspended animation on the issue is detrimental to national well-being. In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said such evidence

could be in form of a dated video recording of the President, sitting or standing, in his hospital room in Saudi Arabia.


It said the President could also use the opportunity to assure Nigerians that he is indeed recovering from his illness, and that he was actually capable of signing the 2009 Supplementary Budget that he was said to have signed last week. On the potency of such a video evidence, the party recalled that when former Cuban President Fidel Castro was recovering from the illness that eventually ended his long presidency, he appeared in a video to show he was still alive, contrary to rumours making the rounds at the time.