You were an exemplary leader – Jonathan, Atiku pay tribute to former president Umaru Musa Yar’Adua after 13 years

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Former President, Goodluck Jonathan and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar have described the late ex-president, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua as an exemplary leader who lived above prejudice and was fair to all.

Today, May 5, 2023, marked 13 years since the former president died in office.

Remembering his memory, Jonathan, in a Facebook post said on this day, thirteen years ago, “our nation lost a great and selfless leader, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. He was a man of peace, justice and accountability.

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“We look back with appreciation to God for his time on earth and the impact of his leadership on our nation. “President Yar’Adua was an exemplary leader who lived above prejudice and was fair to all. His public life inspired many positively. I always recall with fondness the pleasant experience of working with him as my boss.

“Today, we remember him for his life of selfless service, dedication and commitment to a united and prosperous nation.

“We will continue to remember him for his developmental strides and his commitment to the peace and progress of Nigeria,” he said.

Similarly, Atiku on his Facebook page wrote; “In loving memory of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, a devoted leader, and a champion for democracy. As we mark the anniversary of his passing on May 5, 2010, we are reminded of his unwavering commitment to the people of Nigeria, and his steadfast dedication to the sanctity of the ballot and his relentless pursuit of a fair and transparent electoral process.

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“President Yar’Adua was a beacon of humility and integrity, acknowledging the shortcomings of the very election that brought him to power in 2007.

His ability to recognize and strive for improvements in Nigeria’s electoral system speaks volumes about his character and his devotion to the nation.


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“Despite the illness that eventually claimed his life, President Yar’Adua continued to fight for a better Nigeria, initiating a correcting process and setting a path for future leaders to follow. His enduring legacy is a testament to his passion for democracy and justice.

“As we honor his memory today, let us be inspired by his vision and unwavering determination to create a more just and equitable society for all Nigerians. Thank you for your selfless service, Mr President. And may the Almighty Allah continue to grant you Al-Jannah Firdaus,” he said.

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