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Jonathan Mourns Ex-President Yar’Adua Seven Years After

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By Ganiyat Ganiyu

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday, May 5, mourned the death of his friend and former boss, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua who died on May 5th 2010.

Yar’Adua died after a protracted battle with Acute Pericarditis at the age of 58 in 2010.

Jonathan in his tribute acknowledged Yar’Adua’s contribution to the restoration of peace in the Niger Delta.

He wrote, “Seven years ago you left this world leaving behind a legacy of detribalized leadership and a soil that was fertile enough to grow trees whose shade you would never enjoy. As a peace maker, you helped bring peace to the Niger Delta and that singular act brought manifold benefits to Nigeria.

“As a democrat, you promoted due process in government and equity in public administration. Umar Musa Yar’adua, a friend and brother, a great gift to the nation and people of Nigeria. Seven years gone but never forgotten.

“May you Rest In Peace even as we hope and believe that you made al-Jannah firdaus. Miyetti Allah for the life of service you lived and may Almighty God care for the family you left behind. GEJ.”

Former president, Umaru Musa Yar’adua, led Nigeria between May 29, 2007 and May 5, 2010.

Undoubtedly, Yar’adua’s three years as president were legendary, basically due to his frugal disposition to life, meticulousness to details and commitment to service.

His erstwhile deputy, Goodluck Jonathan, was sworn in as president after the death of the ailing commander-in-chief.

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