Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has penned a touching note for late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua as he marks his 12th death anniversary today, 5th May.
In 2007, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was elected as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with Goodluck Jonathan as his vice.
However, in the course of his tenure, he died and the mantle of leadership fell on Goodluck.
Consequently, on the 5th day of May 2010, Goodluck was sworn in as the president of Nigeria.
Eulogizing his predecessor, Goodluck stated that he governed the masses with sincerity and exceptional passion.
Taking to his Facebook page, he wrote:
”Twelve years ago, our nation lost a patriot, a selfless leader and a peacemaker who governed with sincerity and passion for the people. President Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua is no longer with us today, but his strides in public life continue to testify for him and keep his memory alive.
Like a good athlete, he ran with passion, kept the faith and finished the race. Today we can look back and say, as President he won laurels for us in terms of peace and other worthy causes he successfully pursued.
He was a soldier of truth, committed to justice, equity and other democratic virtues. He was a servant leader and a good man; the type that is hard to find.
He was my boss.
President Yar’Adua, we remember you today and will continue to remember the good works that you did in our nation. Yours is a story of patriotism, a life well-lived in service to the people and humanity.