- Goodluck Jonathan has described Umar Musa Yar’Adua as a president like no other
- This comes ten years after the death of the former president
- Jonathan was Yar’Adua's vice president and successor
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In a captivating and touching post on Facebook, former president Goodluck Jonathan has described his predecessor Umar Musa Yar’Adua as a president like no other who lived and died for the sake of Nigeria.
Jonathan's post came ten years after the death of the former president.
The former president described Yar'Adua as someone who stood on the side of the people, and who toiled day and night to make Nigerians' lives better.
His post read:
"It has been a decade since His Excellency President Umar Musa Yar'Adua was snatched by the cold hands of death. On this day, every year, his image fills our consciousness as a mark of his selflessness, typical modesty and exceptional flair.
"He was a President like no other who lived and died for the sake of his country. He stood on the side of the people, toiling day and night to make their lives better.
"President Yar'Adua built strong bridges of hope, love and understanding for which he became a force for national unity and positive change across our blessed land.
"In many ways he stood out. He had an accommodating spirit and enormous goodwill that secreted a web around our national fault lines to strengthen the bond; thus leaving for his successors the task of reinforcing the band.
"President Yar'Adua no doubt left enduring legacies in his wholehearted devotion to the ideals of democracy, respect for peoples' rights, freedoms and reason for living as well as commitment to the rule of law and laws of equity and justice.
"I will continue to remember President Yar'Adua as a colleague and boss who became my brother and friend," he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the chief press secretary to Nigeria's former president Umaru Yar’adua, Rabiu Musa, has passed away at the age of 60.
His son, Musa Rabiu, said that his father died at the National Orthopedic Hospital following a brief illness at about 3 a.m on Saturday, May 2.
Musa who served as the press secretary to Yar’adua when he was the governor of Katsina state was the head of communication at UNICEF’s office in Kano up until his death.
Rabiu while noting that his late father died after battling with sickness for a few days was awaiting a coronavirus test result because he had shown symptoms of the disease.
He said: “A week ago, he complained of sore throat and malaria, but after few days, he became normal, also days later, he complained that he was finding it difficult to breathe.
"He also complained about difficulty in breathing especially when he is tired."
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