Nigeria's former president, Goodluck Jonathan, on Saturday, May 5, spoke glowingly about Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, the man he worked closely with between 2007 and 2010 before taking the baton of leadership in the country.
Yar'Adua died on May 5, 2010, an incident which tested the political space in Nigeria and brought in the emergence of Jonathan through the doctrine of necessity.
Jonathan, who was the vice president to Yar’Adua then, remembered the late politician calling him a great democrat and saying Nigeria owed him a debt of gratitude.
“Today, I remember the late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, a great democrat and servant leader, whose leadership Nigeria was blessed to have if even for a brief period.
“Your legacy of fostering peace and progress in Nigeria and beyond is worthy of emulation.
“You raised the bar of governance and put the nation’s needs above yours, for which this nation owes you a debt of gratitude.
“May God continue to keep the family you left behind even as we pray that you continue to find peace in al jannah firdaus. Thank you for your services to Nigeria,” he said in a post on his social media wall.
NAIJ.com earlier listed some lessons to be learnt from the late former president, who took over from Olusegun Obasanjo at the peak of the Niger-Delta crisis.
The late Nigerian president was commended by many for being the first leader to publicly declare his personal assets when taking office - setting up a benchmark for comparison later to see if he misappropriated funds.
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Yar'Adua admitted that the elections that produced him as president "had shortcomings" and vowed electoral reforms to correct the system. The polls were widely criticized by local and foreign observers as flawed.
Barely 30 days after late president Yar’Adua took office, he voluntarily declared his assets and made a detailed list and worth of the assets.
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