Acting For three hours, the hegemonic shadows deliberated the fate of Nigeria without informing the President, the Senate president and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The sequence of events was as followed:
17:15 hours: Yar’Aduah died.
17:23 hours: The first-lady was informed.
17:30 hours: Calls were placed to members of the kitchen cabinet.
18:35 hours: After deliberating for one hour, members of the cabal decided to inform all former Heads of State, with the sole exception of General Olusegun Obasanjo.
18:55 hours: Obasanjo called a member of the cabal and informed him that he was aware of the meeting. Till date, no one can tell how Obasanjo came about the information.
19:18 hours: All former Heads of State were present, including Obasanjo, who joined the deliberation.
20:13 hours: The Director-General of the Department of State Services got an anonymous call, and was directed to inform the Acting President immediately.
20:18 hours: The DSS DG called the Acting President and was shocked when Jonathan told him he was aware the very moment the President died and, that he had already informed the Senate President, the Speaker of the House, the Chief Judge, and some Army chiefs. The President of a foreign super power had studied some satellite images provided to him by his intelligence services and had placed a call to Acting president Jonathan.
21:00 hours: It was decided that the dictates of the constitution be followed to the letter.
21:03 hours: The deliberating men were informed that the Acting President welcomed their decision. Most men present were flummoxed over how the Acting president got a message that has not been sent to him. A few didn’t appear surprised.
22:19 hours: Other eminent Nigerians were informed of Yar’Aduah’s death.
22:41 hours: The first media establishment got wind of the news.
The next day, 6th may, 2010, Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan was sworn-in as substantial President of the Federal republic of Nigeria.
And Yar’Aduah was buried according to Islamic rites in his hometown in Katsina State.