The President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has extolled the late President, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, for displaying patriotism and excellence in public service.
The former Lagos State governor said this in his tribute to the late president on the occasion of his death anniversary.
Yar'Adua died on May 5, 2010, about three years into his tenure as the 13th Nigerian president, and the President-elect said Nigerians will never forget the deceased, whom he described as his "good friend and brother" in the struggle for democracy and good governance in the country.
Tinubu will be sworn in as Nigeria's 16th president on May 29, 2023, and he expressed his determination to follow the good examples set by the late president when he assumes office.
He said, “We’ll never forget you!" Today, as always, I remember my good friend and brother in the struggle for democracy and good governance in Nigeria, the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who died on this day 13 years ago.
“May 5, 2010 may have long gone, but, for some of us, the wound is still fresh." We remember the day as much as we remember the purposeful life lived by Mallam Umaru Yar’Adua.
“As a friend and political associate, I cherish the fond memories of honesty, steadfastness, patriotism, and excellence in public service left behind by the late Yar'Adua, both as governor of Katsina State (1999–2007) and president of Nigeria (2007–2010).
“As I prepare to take the reins of leadership of this country on May 29, I am determined to follow the good examples set by leaders like Mallam Umaru Yar'Adua, who showcased an exceptional sense of propriety and selfless service to our dear country."
“Rest on, dear brother." "May your soul continue to find peace with your Maker, Ameen."
Pulse reports that Yar'Adua was the first Nigerian president to have power transmitted to him by another democratically elected president.
He died after a protracted battle with a kidney condition, and his death ushered in his then-vice president, Goodluck Jonathan, as Nigeria's president in 2010.