Nigerian leader leaves for medical checks

Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua will leave Africa’s most populous nation for around eight weeks on 26...

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Officials in the presidency were not immediately available to comment on the report.

Yar’Adua, known to have chronic kidney problems, travelled to Saudi Arabia for more than two weeks last August for a Muslim pilgrimage.

Senior Nigerian officials and a medical source in <place w:st="on"><country-region w:st="on">Saudi Arabia</country-region> said he had received treatment in Jeddah during the trip, raising fears about his fitness to govern.