Nigerians are presently celebrating the memory of a former president, Umaru Musah Yar’Adua, who died in office ten years ago today on social media especially on Twitter.
Yar’Adua was the one-time Katsina State governor and is revered as by far the best leader of Africa’s most populous nation since the return to multi-party democracy in 1999.
He was the second civilian president under Nigeria’s current constitution who won controversial polls after his predecessor – Olusegun Obansanjo’s – plans to extend his stay from 1999 – 2007 and got stiff opposition from the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He took office in 2007 and led for 3 years. He died aged 58 in Saudi Arabia – and was flown back for burial. The known cause of death was pericarditis – inflammation of a membrane around the heart.
He was succeeded by his then vice-president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Jonathan completed Yar Adua’s term and won a substantive term in 2011. He failed to secure a final term in 2015 after he was defeated by incumbent Muhammadu Buhari.
Social media posts celebrating the late Umaru Musah Yar’Adua.
Below are what people are saying on Twitter:
President #Yaradua was a Nationalist and a true Democrat.— Blockbuster♡ (@DanielOfodile) May 5, 2020
He had a plan. #The7PointAgenda.
Power and Energy ✔️
#TodayInHistory #May5— RAVE TV CHANNEL (@ravetvchannel) May 5, 2020
Let’s take out time to remember the 13th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. #yaradua #OlaOgrin #TestKitScam #AfricanGiant #polyibadanVskwarapoly #Ravetvchannel pic.twitter.com/7bc5pWtl32
Today, I remember former President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, who passed on 10-years ago. His legacy of integrity as a great leader will always remain indelible in our hearts. May the mercy of Almighty Allah (SWT) continue to be with his family.#yaradua pic.twitter.com/91OJmBjt1z— Adebola Babatunde (@Adebolababatun) May 5, 2020
A real definition of a true leader. Integrity it self, Peace keeper and harmony finder. Your service will never be forgotten. Many leaders came and go, but your 2yrs in service worth 50yrs to the masses😢😢— PHOTOSHOP NE📸📸📸 (@am_BinHamzat) May 5, 2020
May jannatul firdaus be ur final home #Yaradua😭😢🙏 pic.twitter.com/EwBVQtdALq