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Lying about the health of the president

President Umaru Yar-Adua was sent to Saudi Arabia for a kidney transplant so that his handlers could tell Nigerians he was on a religious pilgrimage, said Sam Nda-Isaiah in the<strong> </strong><em>Leadership.</em></p&g

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“The president’s handlers have bungled it again,” said Sam Nda-Isaiah. President Umaru Yar-Adua needed a kidney transplant. Yet rather than send him to Germany, where his doctors are, or the U.S., “which is currently the leader in such matters,” Yar-Adua’s retinue sent him to Saudi Arabia, so they could claim that he was there not for medical reasons but for a religious pilgrimage. They “not only lied to Nigerians as they always casually do, they also chose to lie with the name of God.” But what was the purpose? Getting sick is not a crime. Contrast this behavior with that of Sen. John McCain, the U.S. presidential candidate, who made a public announcement when he was being treated for skin cancer. McCain’s honesty earned him the good wishes and prayers of all Americans. Had Yar-Adua been straight with us, he would have likewise received the prayers of all Nigerians. “Add the potency of this prayer with one voice to the goodwill the president would have received free of charge.” Instead, Nigerians are left to wonder: What else has the president been lying about?

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