Thursday, May 6, 2010

President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua Of Nigeria Is dead

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President Umaru Musa Yaradua of Nigeria finally lost his long battle against Renal problem yesterday. The president had been battling with his health problem for a very long time and eventually left Nigeria on 23rd November, 2009 for Saudi Arabia and got admitted into King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research centre, Jedda where he was further diagnosed with pericarditis, a complication arising from excessive accumulation of uric acid in the blood stream due to his failing kidneys.

President Yaradua was flown back into Nigeria on February 23rd 2010 under a controversial circumstance as his arrival was shrouded in secrecy having been brought into the country under the cover of darkness without informing his deputy. Since his arrival nobody had heard from him neither was he able to address the press.

The federal Executive Council had earlier told Nigerians that President Yar’adua was fit to continue in office even when the reverse was obvious. He finally bowed out at the age of 58 years; he was born on the 16th August, 1951. Before his death he was the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He would be buried today in accordance with Islamic rites.

Nigerians had anticipated that his 7 point agenda would bring the much needed change that would usher the country into technological and economic development, but that entire dream has died as he could not successfully implement any of the agenda. We pray God Almighty to give the Acting president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan the grace to chart a new direction for the country.

Nigerians are all in a mourning mood, the death of Alhaji Umaru Musa Yaradua is a great blow to the nation. He was a nice president even though the Cabal tried to rubbish his reputation. He believed in the Rule of Law, he believed in ridding the country of corruption, etc but death could not allow him see the Nigeria of his dream. We pray Allah to grant him eternal rest. Amen.