Former President Goodluck Jonathan has paid glowing tribute to his boss the late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, describing him as an exemplary leader who lived above ethnic and religious sentiments.
President Yar’adua died exactly 13 years ago after serving for almost three years.
He said Yar’adua was a man of peace, justice and accountability.
“We look back with appreciation to God for the gift of his life and his impact on our nation.
“President Yar’adua was an exemplary leader, who lived above ethnic and religious sentiment. And his public life inspired many positively.
“Today we remember him for his life of service, dedication and commitment to a united and prosperous nation.”
In his own tribute, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has described the late President Yar’Adua as a devoted leader and champion of democracy.
The late Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan were elected as president and vice-president in 2007, succeeding Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku.
Jonathan succeeded Yar’Adua who died on May 5, 2010.
Atiku said the deceased was a beacon of humility and integrity, adding that despite his illness, he fought for a better Nigeria and set the path for future leaders.
“President Yar’Adua was a beacon of humility and integrity, acknowledging the shortcomings of the very election that brought him to power in 2007. His ability to recognize and strive for improvements in Nigeria’s electoral system speaks volumes about his character and his devotion to the nation,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Despite the illness that eventually claimed his life, president Yar’Adua continued to fight for a better Nigeria, initiating a correcting process and setting a path for future leaders to follow. His enduring legacy is a testament to his passion for democracy and justice. “