Former president Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday led the payment of tributes to late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua 11 years after his demise.
Former president Yar’Adua died on May 5, 2010, after battling an illness, leaving Jonathan, the then vice-president to take over as the country’s leader.
Jonathan, in a series of posts on Twitter on Wednesday, described his late principal as a friend and brother who shared a common vision of a peaceful and united Nigeria.
Jonathan described his former boss as a “peacemaker, nation builder, and democrat”, adding that “President Yar’Adua kept faith with this vision, channeling his strength and time in pursuit of an egalitarian society, until his last breath”.
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. pic.twitter.com/WmfEvaUuY4
— Goodluck E. Jonathan (@GEJonathan) May 5, 2021
Bukola Saraki, a former Senate President and former governor of Kwara State, said 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 (SWT) continues to be upon him. Amin. pic.twitter.com/k0wD5buZEe
— Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) May 5, 2021