(Reuters) - Nigerian President Umaru Yar‘Adua returned home after three months in a Saudi hospital renewing uncertainty over the leadership of Africa’s most populous nation.
Following is a timeline on Nigeria since Yar‘Adua was elected:
April 2007 - Umaru Yar‘Adua is elected president.
Nov 23, 2009 - Yar‘Adua goes to Saudi Arabia for medical checks. Three days later officials say the 58-year-old president is suffering from the heart condition acute pericarditis and it is unclear when he will return.
Dec 2, 2009 - Cabinet unanimously agrees there are no grounds to seek the president’s resignation, rejecting calls for him to quit.
Dec 19, 2009 - Niger Delta rebel group MEND say they have carried out their first attack on an oil pipeline since an amnesty offer as the absence of Yar‘Adua was delaying talks.
Jan 12, 2010 - Yar‘Adua makes his first public comments in over seven weeks, saying in a radio interview that he is recovering from illness and hopes to return home soon.
February 9, 2010 - Vice President Goodluck Jonathan assumes presidential powers. Parliament earlier had recognised Jonathan as acting head of state in an effort to end uncertainty.
-- The Senate resolution states that Jonathan will cease to be acting president once Yar‘Adua stated in writing to the leaders of both houses of parliament that he has returned from “medical vacation.”
February 10, 2010 - Jonathan chairs first cabinet meeting as acting head of state, seeking to revive government business after more than two months of stagnation. He removes Justice Minister and Attorney General Michael Aondoakaa. Aondoakaa had been among ministers who held out against formally transferring power to Jonathan during Yar‘Adua’s absence.
February 12, 2010 - Jonathan approves the disbursal of $2 billion from windfall oil savings to the country’s 36 states and government agencies.
February 17, 2010 - The cabinet rejects a motion to declare Yar‘Adua unfit to govern, deciding instead to send a delegation to Saudi Arabia for an update on his health.
February 24, 2010 - Yar‘Adua arrives back in Abuja after three months in a Saudi Arabian hospital.