Eleven years after, former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, says he will continue to remember and cherish the fond memories of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
Yar’Adua died on May 5, 2010 at the age of 58, after a long battle with acute pericarditis, an inflammation of a membrane around the heart, which saw him in and out of the hospital.
In a tribute to mark the 11th anniversary of Yar’Adua’s demise, Jonathan on his verified Facebook page said:
“Today, I celebrate my boss, friend, colleague and brother, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who departed this world 11 years ago.
“As politicians, we shared a common vision of a peaceful, united and just nation. President Yar’Adua kept faith with this vision, channelling his strength and time in pursuit of an egalitarian society, until his last breath.
“Although out of our sight, his legacies live with us and his memory we will continue to cherish. We will always remember him as a peacemaker, nation builder and democrat, whose timeline was defined by virtues of service, peace, truth and love”.
Jonathan assumed the position of Acting President on February 9, 2010 after a vote by the National Assembly, using the “doctrine of necessity” and was later confirmed president after Yar’Adua’s death.
The late Yar’Adua was governor of Katsina State for eight years before his election in 2007 as president and was regarded as a humble and honest man, true democrat and respecter of the rule of law.
Yar’Adua, despite the short time in office, introduced far-reaching reforms in the polity, including the amnesty granted to ex-agitators in the Niger Delta, which ultimately brought peace to the once troubled region and stabilized the nation’s economy.