Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, (August 16, 1951 - May 5, 2010) was declared winner of the controversial presidential election which held on April 21, 2007.
Sworn in on May 29, 2007, Yar’Adua spent three years in power battling with his health challenges until death eventually won the battle.
He left Nigeria for Saudi Arabia to receive treatment for pericarditis. During his absence ex-President Goodluck Jonathan assumed the position of acting president after a vote by Nigeria’s National Assembly.
Yar’adua returned to Nigeria on May, 2, 2010, died on the 5th and was buried on the 6th, in his hometown in Katsina according to Islamic rites.
Today, Friday, May 5, marks the 7th year of his passing and Nigerians have taken to social media to pay tributes to him.
NAIJ.com has compiled some of the most touching tributes to the late president.
1. Jonathan paid a glowing tribute to his former boss.
2. He was a man with integrity.
3. Nigeria was better during his administration.
4. Yar'Adua respected the rule of law.
5. He remains the best.
6. He would have been the greatest president.
7. He was a great leader who was loved by all.
8. His death caused Nigerians good governance.
9. If death had not snatched him, Nigeria would have been better today.
10. His memory lives on.
11. A great leader Nigerians did not enjoy.
12. He will be remembered as the only president with integrity Nigeria has ever had.
13. He was a leader who put service above ambition.
Family sources have said this year’s remembrance of the ex-president will be low-keyed but significant in the fact it comes on a Friday.
“For some obvious reasons, there won’t be other events to remember the strong pillar of the family but as we’ve been doing all these years, not only during the anniversary, we’ve made contacts for special prayers for him,” the source said.
In the NAIJ.com video below, a woman cries over the current economic situation, saying Nigeria is upside down.