Yar’Adua: Presidency, Saraki, Ekweremadu, pay tribute to on 10th death anniversary

The Presidency has paid tribute to Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Nigeria’s former President who died exactly 10 years ago.

Yar’Adua, the 13th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria died on May 5, 2010.

He was governor of Katsina State from 29 May 1999 to 28 May 2007 and was declared the winner of the controversial Nigerian presidential election held on 21 April 2007, and was sworn in on 29 May 2007.

Yar’Adua passed away at the Aso Rock presidential villa after his arrival from Saudi Arabia where he went for medical treatment for Pericarditis.

In a tweet on Tuesday morning, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad remembered the late Nigerian leader, saying, “Time flies really so fast, exactly ten years without former President, late Alhaji Umar Musa Yar’adua, who died on May 5th, 2010.

“It was a devastating night. May Jannah al-Firdaus be his final abode. Allah ya jikan sa, ya gafarta masa.”

Similarly, the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, paid tribute to the former President.

The former Governor of Kwara State noted that Yar’adua will be remembered for his humanity, dedication to duty and desire for a greater Nigeria.

He wrote: “10 years after President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua’s passing, we are constantly reminded about his humanity, his dedication to duty and his desire for a Nigeria we can all be proud of.”

“May Allah (SWT) forgive his sins and continue to retain for him a place in Aljannah Firdaus.”

On his part, the former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweramadu, said that the former President wrote his name in gold by creating the Ministry of Niger Delta in 2008.

Ekweremadu further stated in a series of tweets that Yar’adua would be remembered for his amnesty deal and restoration of peace in the Niger Delta region.

He wrote: “We lost a leader in the late President Yar’Adua 10 yrs ago. When in July 2007 I led Southeast Senators to discuss challenges facing the region with him, he was surprised the Southeast had no direct access to the world and graciously designated the Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu an int’l airport.”

“He wrote his name in gold by creating the Ministry of Niger Delta in 2008 and pulled the amnesty deal in 2009 to restore peace and security in the region. I actually nominated him for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. He didn’t win, but the world notes that he was a man of peace and justice.”

“May God continue to have mercy on his soul and continue to grant his fine, gentle soul peaceful repose. Amen.”

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