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Presidency, Jonathan pay tribute to late President Yar’Adua

The Presidency and former President Goodluck Jonathan have paid tribute to late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who died exactly 10 years ago.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Bashir Ahmad, media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari and the former president remembered the late Nigerian leader, who died on May 5, 2010, for his leadership qualities.

Ahmad wrote: “Time flies really so fast, exactly ten years without former President, late Alhaji Umar Musa Yar’adua, who died on May 5th, 2010.

“It was a devastating night. May Jannah al-Firdaus be his final abode. Allah ya jikan sa, ya gafarta masa.”

According to Jonathan, he will continue to remember late President Yar’Adua as a colleague and boss who became brother and friend.

He said taking over from the late President in 2007 after his death at the Aso Rock presidential villa was really challenging and will continue to remember his former boss.

He wrote: “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.

“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.”

Yar’Adua served as governor of Katsina State from 29 May 1999 to 28 May 2007 before being declared the winner of the presidential election held on 21 April 2007, and was sworn in on 29 May 2007.

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