As the threat of last minute rejection from the north looms,Tinubu describes opposition leader, Yar Adua,as brother to emulate

APC Leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu has extolled the virtues of the late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua on his posthumous 13th years death anniversary, saying he will follow the good examples of leaders like him when he assumes office on May 29.


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Tinubu said this in a statement on Saturday, May 6, 2023, commemorating the death of Yar’Adua, who died 13 years ago after an illness.

He said Yar’Adua performed excellently as governor of Katsina and later as president.

The statement titled ‘We will never forget you’ partly reads; “Today, as always, I remember my good friend and brother in the struggle for democracy and good governance in Nigeria, late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who died on this day 13 years ago.

“May 5, 2010 may have long gone but, for some of us, the wound is still fresh. We remember the day as much as we remember the purposeful life lived by Mallam Umaru Yar’Adua.

“As a friend and political associate I cherish the fond memories of honestly, steadfastness, patriotism and excellence in public service left behind by the late Yar’Adua both as governor of Katsina State (1999 to 2007) and president of Nigeria (2007 to 2010).”

Vowing to follow in the steps of the late Yar’Adua, the APC Leader said  “As I prepare to take the reins of leadership of this country on May 29, I am determined to follow the good examples set by leaders like Mallam Umaru Yar’Adua who showcased exceptional sense of propriety and selfless service to our dear country.

“Rest on, dear brother. May your soul continue to find peace with your Maker, ameen.”

Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, also described the late Yar’Adua as a man of peace, justice and accountability.

He tweeted: “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.

“We look back with appreciation to God for the gift of his life and his impact on our nation.

“President Yar’Adua was an exemplary leader, who lived above ethnic and religious sentiment. And his public life inspired many positively.

“Today we remember him for his life of 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.”

Similarly, vice president, Atiku Abubakar, noted that the later former president was a devoted leader and champion of democracy.

Tweeting on his official handle, Atiku said: “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.

“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.

“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 honour 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.”

On his part, Saraki said: “13 years ago today, our nation lost its President, and I lost a man whom I had the privilege to call my dear friend, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

“Many times, when I remember him, I am thankful for the memories and I am glad that his contributions to the nation will forever be remembered and cherished.

“I pray Almighty Allah (SWT) continues to sustain for him a place in Aljannah Firdaus. Ameen.”

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