- Nigerians have continued to remember the contributions late President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua made to governance
- A former Nigerian leader, Goodluck Jonathan, recalls some of the qualities of the late president
- Jonathan disclosed some of the values he and the late Yar'Adua had in common
Ex-Nigerian leader, Goodluck Jonathan, has paid a tribute to a former Nigerian president, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, who died 11 years ago.
Jonathan in a statement via Twitter on Wednesday, May 5, described Yar'Adua as a friend, colleague, and brother.
He said the late president was a democrat who promoted peace and nation-building during his presidency.
''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.''
A former Senate president, Bukola Saraki, also praised late the late Musa Yar’Adua. He stated that the late president left behind a legacy of integrity.
''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 (SWT) continues to be upon him. Amin.''
El-Rufai made the comment in an interview published in The Point and monitored by Punch newspapers.
The Kaduna state governor also said Jonathan was his very close friend from when he was the deputy governor of Bayelsa state.