Nigerians would never forget the achievements of late former President Umaru Yar’Adua’s short-lived administration, ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said.
In a tribute issued on Tuesday by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, to mark the 10th anniversary of the former president’s death, Abubakar said the legacies of the late Yar’adua continued to have a great impact on Nigerians.
He said: “As each year passes by, we are constantly reminded of his outstanding leadership skills and decision-making acumen.
“Yar’Adua was a man that was never shy of reaching out to people; irrespective of political party affiliations, whenever it came down to finding solutions to addressing issues that bedevilled us as a nation.
“To him, it was country first before political, religious and ethnic considerations.
“His belief in the oneness of Nigeria contributed to the vigour and passion we saw him display in bringing to a halt, the hostilities mounted on the nation’s mainstay and her people by militants.
“That singular act, remains a milestone that would forever be remembered in the annals of Nigeria’s political and economic life.”
According to him, the late ex-President ushered in a new era of peace and stability in the Niger Delta and the country as a whole with the creation of the Niger Delta Ministry and the Amnesty Programme.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the 2019 election said the success story of the Amnesty programme was one that could not be exhaustively explained in just a few paragraphs.
He also recalled Yar’Adua’s accomplishments in the area of pro- masses policies.
Abubakar added: “The reduction of the fuel pump price due to the price reduction in the crude oil market was notable. His far-reaching policies that impacted positively on the lives of low-income families is worthy of emulation.”
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