Jonathan Remembers ‘Servant Leader’ Yar’Adua, Says He Will Never be Forgotten

by on May 5, 2016

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday recounted his fond memories of his former boss, late former president, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who passed away exactly six years ago.

Both men were elected in 2007, but Yar’Adua’s illness paved the way for Jonathan’s elevation to the status of acting president two years later, and he succeeded Yar’Adua, who eventually died in the third year of their government.

In a tribute on Facebook, Jonathan wrote: “Six years ago, I lost a dear friend and partner in democracy, peace and progress. President Umaru Musa Yar’adua was a servant leader and a stickler for the rule of law.

“He may be gone but he is never to be forgotten. I pray for his soul and for him to rest in al Jannah firdaus.”

Yar’Adua, who served as the 13th president of Nigeria, was governor of Katsina state between 1999 and 2007, when Jonathan served as deputy governor and governor of Bayelsa state.

Both men had a smooth relationship until the president fell ill-health and travelled abroad without properly handing over to his deputy.

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