I Was Not Aware of Yar’adua’s Illness When I Picked Him For Position of President – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says he was not aware of the late ex-President Umaru Musa Yar’adua’s illness when he picked him for the position of President ahead of the 2007 presidential election.


Obasanjo revealed this in a book titled, ”Against the Run of Play” written by the chairman ThisDay editorial board, Olusegun Adeniyi.

Former President Yar’adua left Nigeria for Saudi Arabia to receive treatment for pericarditis. He returned to Nigeria on 24 February, 2010, where he later died on 5 May, 2010.

”One, the lingering doubts about his health, while the other was a very pervasive allegation that he had a manipulative wife who had too much influence on him.

”Not being a medical practitioner, I gave the report to a friend and renowned professional in the medical field who reviewed it and told me that the person in the report was not on dialysis, which meant either he didn’t have a kidney problem or that he had successfully undergone a kidney transplant. That was the report I had about his health,” Obasanjo said.

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