2nd December, 2010
United States-based whistleblower website, Wikileaks.org, has shown thatÂ commonwealth countries were worried that Nigeria could be thrown into aÂ constitutional crisis if President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua dies in office.
Information on Nigeria was classified by U.S. Political Counselor, Mr. RichardÂ Mills, in the weeks that preceeded Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s death on 5 May this year.
The leak, a discussion between a U.S. diplomat known as Poloff and CommonwealthÂ Political Director, Mr. Amitav Banerji, revealed that diplomats still preferredÂ former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, over Yarâ€™Adua.
Their preference was based on Obasanjoâ€™s involvement in African matters andÂ contributions at Commonwealth Head of Government Meetings, CHOGM.
The cable read:Â â€œThe Commonwealth is also keeping a watchful eye on Nigeria,Â Banerji noted, as it is â€œpunching well below its weightâ€ and President Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™sÂ sudden death has the potential to prompt a constitutional crisis.
â€œThe Commonwealth would like to see Nigeria more active in the region and in theÂ Commonwealth across the board.
â€œBanerji noted that Yarâ€™Adua did not make a single intervention at the last CHOGM,Â contrasting sharply with former President Obasanjo.â€
On Sunday, 28 November, 2010, Wikileaks began publishing 251,287 leaked UnitedÂ States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be releasedÂ into the public domain.
The documents have given people around the world an unprecedented insight into theÂ US Governmentâ€™s foreign activities.
Wkileaks, a website that publishes leaked documents alleging government andÂ corporate misconduct, was founded that by Australian-born man, Mr. Julian Assange.