Former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday described late Umar Musa Yar’Adua as a President like no other in Nigeria.
He stated this in his tribute to mark the tenth anniversary of the death of Yar’Adua, who was his boss.
The late Yar’Adua served as Nigeria’s President from May 2007 to May 2010, while Jonathan was his vice.
Jonathan completed Yar’Adua’s tenure of four years after his death. He later contested and won the 2011 presidential election.
In a post on his Facebook page, Jonathan wrote about Yar’Adua:
“It has been a decade since His Excellency President Umar Musa Yar’Adua was snatched by the cold hands of death.
“He was a President like no other who lived and died for the sake of his country. He stood on the side of the people, toiling day and night to make their lives better.
“President Yar’Adua built strong bridges of hope, love, and understanding for which he became a force for national unity and positive change across our blessed land.
“In many ways, he stood out. He had an accommodating spirit and enormous goodwill that secreted a web around our national fault lines to strengthen the bond; thus leaving for his successors the task of reinforcing the band.
“President Yar’Adua no doubt left enduring legacies in his wholehearted devotion to the ideals of democracy, respect for peoples’ rights, freedoms and reason for living as well as the commitment to the rule of law and laws of equity and justice.
“I will continue to remember President Yar’Adua as a colleague and boss who became my brother and friend.”
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