5 YEARS AGO– On this day in 2010, the Nigerian Senate relied on the “Doctrine of Necessity” to make then vice-president Goodluck Jonathan acting president of Nigeria. From that day he started making reference to “this administration”, and the National Anthem preceded his address to the nation.

President Umaru Yar’Adua was smuggled back into the country in the dead of night, two weeks later, but he had become a vegetable. He died on May 5 and Jonathan was sworn in the next morning as full-fledged president.

Now, the constitution provides that no one should spend more than eight years as president…


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