Former president of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan says he lost a friend, a brother, and boss as he paid tribute to late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua who died on 5th May, 2010.
Concise News reports that Jonathan, who became Nigeria’s president following the demise of his boss, said in a lengthy tribute posted on his official Twitter handle that he remembered and celebrated him for the works that he had done.
According to him, the late president “used the opportunity he had in public service to build bridges of love, foster unity and give hope to Nigerians.”
Jonathan also tweeted that “President Yar’Adua was a man of integrity with a humble spirit who always took upon himself the burden of national reconciliation, peace-building, and democratic consolidation.”
On this day nine years ago I lost a friend, colleague, brother, and boss, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. He was a selfless leader who placed national interest above personal and ethnic gains.
— Goodluck E. Jonathan (@GEJonathan) May 5, 2019
Yar’Adua and Jonathan took over from Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar as Nigeria’s president and vice-president respectively on 29 May, 2007.
Yar’Adua, who had served as governor of Katsina state from 1999 to 2007, was the 13th president of Africa’s most populous nation.
He left Nigeria on 23 November 2009, and was reported to be receiving treatment for pericarditis at a clinic in Saudi Arabia, before he was confirmed dead in Abuja on 5th May.