Immediate past president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has eulogised the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua 11 years after his demise.
The late Yar’Adua died on May 5, 2010, after ruling Nigeria for three years.
Goodluck Jonathan, Yar’Adua’s vice president at that time, later became the president of the country.
“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.”
Also, The immediate past President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, said he regretted that he lost a “great friend” and a “committed leader”.
“On this day 11 years ago, Nigeria lost a selfless, patriotic, and committed leader — and I lost a great friend.
“As we remember President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua today, we celebrate his legacy of integrity and pray that the mercy of Almighty Allah (God) continues to be upon him. Amin.”
Similarly, Former vice-president, Abubakar Atiku, said:
“Eleven years in remembrance of our late President Umaru Yar’Adua—a patriot and compassionate leader. May your memory continue to be a blessing.”