‘A Peacemaker, Nation Builder,’ Jonathan Pays Tribute To Yar’Adua 11 Years After

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Eleven years after his demise, former President Goodluck Jonathan has paid tributes to his former principal Umaru Musa Yar’Adua

Former President Yar’Adua died on May 5, 2010, after battling an illness leaving Jonathan, the then vice-president to take the seat of power.

Jonathan in a series of tweets on Wednesday described Yar’Adua as a friend and brother who shared a common vision of a peaceful and united Nigeria.

He said the late President will always be remembered as a peacemaker and nation builder.

“Today, I celebrate my boss, friend, colleague, and brother, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua who departed this world 11 years ago.

“As politicians, we shared a common vision of a peaceful, united, and just nation.

“President Yar’Adua kept faith with this vision, channeling his strength and time in pursuit of an egalitarian society, until his last breath.

“Although out of our sight, his legacies live with us and his memory we will continue to cherish.

“We will always remember him as a peacemaker, nation builder, and democrat whose timeline was defined by virtues of service, peace, truth, and love. – GEJ”

Jonathan was Yar’Adua’s running mate in the 2007 presidential election which they won.

On May 29, 2007, Yar’Adua was sworn in as Nigeria’s president but he didn’t live to the end of his tenure as he died on May 5, 2010.

Jonathan then stepped into the shoes of his principal, Yar’Adua, and became Nigeria’s President.

In 2011, Jonathan won the presidential elections and remained Nigeria’s President till 2015.

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