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Ailing Nigerian President Returns Home

Wednesday, 24 February 2010 10:51 AM

Nigeria's president has returned home after three months in a Saudi hospital, threatening to throw the country into a constitutional crisis.

President Umaru Yar'Adua was taken to a clinic in the presidential palace but his condition is unknown and it is unclear whether he is capable of resuming his duties.

Two aeroplanes landed in the dead of night at the sealed-off international airport in the capital, Abuja, and a convoy of government vehicles including an ambulance were seen speeding along the heavily guarded highway back to the city.

"I can confirm that the President has returned," Mary Ikoku, a spokesperson at the Ministry of Information, told the Telegraph. "I have not seen him myself so I don't know his condition.

"He arrived in what I can call an air ambulance and he was transferred to Aso Rock, so I don't imagine he is in the best of health." Aso Rock is the presidential palace, located just outside the capital, Abuja.

"We are sure he will be back to work soon," added Ikoku. She said that she did not know whether Yar'Adua would attend a rescheduled cabinet meeting later on Wednesday.

The 58-year old leader arrived from Jeddah, where he was being treated for acute pericarditis, an inflammation of the fibrous sac that surrounds the heart.

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