Nine years after the late former President Musa Yar’Adua died in office on Wednesday, May 5 2010 at age of 58 after a protracted battle with Acute Pericarditis, Nigerians celebrated the life and times of Yar’adua on various social media platforms.
Among those who commemorated the late ex-president was Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential candidate in the last 2019 general elections, Vanguard reports.
Atiku said he was proud that Yar’Aadua was produced by his political family, the PDP, as he said he is closely connected to the former president.
He said the late president was someone he was closely connected to, first as his late brother, Shehu Musa Yar’adua was his political mentor.
“The late President Yar’adua was a man I was closely connected to. First, because his late brother, the great Tafida of Katsina, Shehu Musa Yar’adua, was my political mentor who taught both myself and Umaru, the ropes in politics.
“Obviously, with Umaru, the apple did not fall far from the tree. “And secondly, because we worked very, very closely when he was the Executive Governor of Katsina state at the time I was Vice President to our leader, President Olusegun Obasanjo,” he said.
Atiku also pointed areas where the late president contributed greatly to the nation, giving detailed instances of how he did so.
He said: “In this period where Nigeria is facing almost unprecedented violence and insecurity, the world will remember that it was President Yar’adua who bequeathed peace to the Niger Delta through his futuristic and visionary amnesty and rehabilitation program that saw militants turn their swords to ploughshares.
“That single action saw an unprecedented improvement in the performance of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry which led to record-breaking 5% GDP growth.
“Beyond that, Umaru Musa Yar’adua was an advocate and proponent of the Rule of Law and the doctrine of Separation of Powers. His was the only administration that did not suffer from Executive-Legislative tensions in this Fourth Republic.
“I am proud of what he achieved and the fact that such a decent leader was produced by my political family (the Yar’adua political family) and my political party (the Peoples Democratic Party)."
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Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that former President Goodluck Jonathan paid a glowing tribute to his former boss, Yar’Adua.
In a moving eulogy to the former president on Facebook, Jonathan described the late Yar'Adua as a selfless leader who placed national interest above personal and ethnic gains.
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