Goodluck Jonathan sworn in as Nigeria's president


Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in as head of state in Africa’s most populous country after the death on Wednesday of President Umaru Yar’Adua.

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 heart condition acute pericarditis and it is unclear when he will return.

Dec 2, 2009 – Cabinet unanimously agrees there are no grounds to seek 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 amnesty offer as absence of Yar’Adua was delaying talks.

Jan 12, 2010 – Yar’Adua makes first public comments in over seven weeks, saying in 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 recognized Jonathan as acting head of state in effort to end uncertainty.

Senate resolution states that Jonathan will cease to be acting president once Yar’Adua stated in writing to 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 disbursal of $2 billion from windfall oil savings to country’s 36 states and government agencies.

February 17, 2010 – Cabinet rejects motion to declare Yar’Adua unfit to govern, deciding instead to send delegation to Saudi Arabia for an update on his health.

February 24, 2010 – Yar’Adua arrives back in Abuja after three months in Saudi Arabian hospital.

March 17, 2010 – Jonathan dissolves cabinet in further step to assert his authority after assuming full powers in absence of ailing Yar’Adua.

April 6, 2010 – Jonathan swears in 38 ministers to his new cabinet in move that will help ease political uncertainty.

April 22, 2010 – Jonathan signs 4.608-trillion-naira ($31 billion) budget for 2010.

May 5, 2010 – Yar’Adua dies, having never made another public appearance since his February return.

May 6, 2010 – Goodluck Jonathan vows electoral reform and fighting graft as he is sworn in as Nigeria’s head of state. Jonathan will complete unexpired presidential term until elections, which are due by April 2011.