Nigeria: Lawsuit asks for condition of president

March 29, 2010 7:30:39 AM PDT
A rights group has sued the personal physician of Nigeria's ailing and absent president, seeking medical records about what illness has kept him from public view for months.

The lawsuit by the Socio-economic Rights and Accountability Project asks a judge to force the doctor to publish a report on President Umaru Yar'Adua in major national newspapers. It also asks for the names of those treating Yar'Adua, who hasn't been seen since leaving the country in November for a Saudi Arabian hospital.

Yar'Adua returned Feb. 24 to Nigeria, but still hasn't been seen or heard from.

Yar'Adua's doctor previously said the leader suffered from an inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart. The National Assembly later empowered Vice President Goodluck Jonathan to take over in Yar'Adua's absence.