Late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua who died on May 5, 2010, continues to live in the psyche of many political leaders and citizens in Nigeria who have reminisces of his pan-Nigerian posture.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on his twitter handle eulogized late President Yar’Adua as a patriot and a compassionate leader. He remarked that Yar’Adua emerged President from his political family.
“This day, nine years ago, Nigeria lost a patriot and a compassionate leader in President Umaru Yar’Adua. May Allah SWT continue to shine His Noor on his face. Amin,” Atiku had written.
The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, had also celebrated the virtues of the late president who was elected in 2007 after former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Saraki extolled late President Yar’Adua as a selfless statesman, acknowledging that his legacy of integrity will always remain in the minds of many Nigerians.
“Today, I remember the selfless statesman, former President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, who passed on 9-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 upon him. Amen,” Saraki wrote on his twitter handle.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan had on his twitter handle on Sunday written: “President Yar’Adua was a man of integrity with a humble spirit who always took upon himself the burden of national reconciliation, peace-building, and democratic consolidation.
“He used the opportunity he had in public service to build bridges of love, foster unity and give hope to Nigerians.
“Today, I remember and celebrate him for the works that he had done; Peace he lived for and homes of peace he built; Democracy he loved and democracy he nurtured. “We will always remember you for your service. A servant leader truly you remain.”
Apparently, the legacy of Yar’Adua continues to be a subject of celebration nine years after his death.