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President Yar'Adua's Funeral

Chikodili Emelumadu | 11:53 UK time, Thursday, 6 May 2010

Nigeria is mourning the death of president Umaru Yar'Adua who died late Wednesday night following a long illness.


yar.jpgThe president will be buried Thursday and the government has announced seven days of national mourning.

The continent has been reacting to the news of his death on our Facebook page.

Chuks Nnaji, in Nigeria says:

Umaru Musa Yar'Adua will better be remembered for his credo to foster the "Rule Of Law" which was indeed his most salient mantra. His administration witnessed series of election tribunals' verdicts, many of which nullified the elections of State Governors from his ruling party PDP.

Kofi Ntifo Bekoe from neighbouring Ghana has a different view:

May his soul rest in peace. His heart problems overshadowed everything. As to his legacy, I am not quite sure how he will be remembered.

What are your memories of the late President Umar Yar'Adua? What is his legacy in Nigeria and Africa? How can Nigeria honour its fallen leader?

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  • Comment number 1.

    Death is a necessary end but self centered people around YARADUA thinks otherwise and so have lost the sympathy of us, him YARADUA, like most human being is not without fault, those who said we shouldn’t speak bad of dead ones should tell us why they don’t say good of ADOLFT HITLAR, if he must be praised for granting amnesty , to those he declared WAR on’ but how did it answer the question of Resource control? How did it answer the issue of True federalism? Where do we go from here?[Personal details removed by Moderator]

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  • Comment number 3.

    Why didn't the family hide his death, then call few religion-leaders to inform them. My opinion is based on the fact that we(Nigerians) never knew of his health condition and the degree of his sickness until now. Also the funeral should be restricted to only his family members and few religion-leaders. Where is the transparency they preach?

  • Comment number 4.

    My sympathy to the people of Nigeria and the Yar'Adua's family. It is a big loss to the African continent, especial West Africa. I think he cuold be remembered more on the Peace Accord signed with the Niger Delta Rebels. That was a very good move on his part. Also, he was also able to admit that the Electoral Commission needs reform. I belive he was on the right footing. May his sould rest in perfect peace.

  • Comment number 5.

    May the late president's soul rest in peace. As many Nigerians living in diaspora, I read and heard that Yar'Adua was a good governor of his home state Kastina before becoming president.
    And he was determined to replicate good governance at the national level as president. Unfortunately his life and ambitions were cut short by illness and death.
    I cannot wait for the day Nigeria/Nigerians realizes its great and full potentials. A country endowed with human and natural resources, yet the vast majority of her citizens are living in abject poverty. No electricity, no good roads and other basic infrastructures. While corruption is a problem, I don't think it is the only problem. There is corruption in the Western countries too. This is evident by the recent global financial crisis that started in the US. Everyone knows how much money influence politics in the US. The only difference is that corruption is the West is sophisticated or covert while it is crude and overt in developing countries. It is my hope that e new leader will emerge in Nigeria and make life better for the masses instead of a handful elites.

  • Comment number 6.

    i would love to pass my sencere heatfelt condolence to the family of Ya'Adua and the people of nigeria of his demise. the fact that the country never knew about his heath condition is not an issue to be debated at this point in time, may his soul rest in peace and as a Swazi citizen i pray that president Jonathan continue to bear the light of peace in Africa.

  • Comment number 7.

    Power is an institution. We come and go but it remains the same...

  • Comment number 8.

    As far as i am concern let us live the sleeping dog to continue with his sleep.Mr.Yar'Adua is gone let Nig be United for the progress of their Nation.

  • Comment number 9.

    REST IN PEACE OUR PRESIDENT, MAY YOUR SOUL FIND REST WITH ALLAH. CONDOLENCE TO ALL NIGERIANS. I believe president Yar Adua will best be remembered for the relative peace his has given Nigeria in the Niger Delta region. We will miss Him so much. However, Goodluck has been part of his administration and will carry on.

  • Comment number 10.

    My heart goes out to his aged mother, having said that, Yaradua's death should teach us a lesson to be careful of the people we choose as our close confidants. Yaradua may have had good intentions for the country, but the strenght of his character was not able to withstand the selfish, deceptive, and manipulative devices of the people he surrounded himself with. The so-called Amnesty programe achieved one thing which is making the Federal Government a Supper Nanny to a particular section of the country, the Rule of Law, never worked as it sounds, rather provided an exit route for former corrupt state governors to evade justice. However, may his soul rest in peace. And as the nation moves on, may the dreams of Nigerian people never die.

  • Comment number 11.

    President Umaru Yar A'Adua in my opinion was a perfect gentleman. Unfortunately, there is no place for gentleness in the Nigerian world. He will be remembered by Nigerians as the only president who have lead without misappropriating or embezzling the National fund as it is with every other administrations. A legacy much needed and yearned for but not well appreciated by Nigerians. He is the only leader we have had who confronted the Niger Delta issue with diplomacy and yielded positive result. Also, he championed transparency in the handling of objections to election results in various court rooms in the country. Many of which nullified the elections of some state governors from his ruling party. Well, there is a saying that God preserves his dearest by either taking them quickly away from the devil's world we live in or hid them away from the evildoers.
    May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

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  • Comment number 13.

    As a person, he was a good leader, but by hindsight, he sorrounded himself with bad guys (considering the way they handled his illness). May his gentle soul rest in peace. The way forward has been paved by the hand of God, who made it possible for a young and determined man from the Niger-Delta to be president without any campaign or dirty politics. My sincere prayer is for President Godluck Jonathan to be president for 2 terms with Nuhu Ribadu as his Vice-president; and Nuhu Ribadu to take over as president and serve for 2 terms too. By the end of their tenures, i assure Nigerians that the body polity wouldve been sanitized and great developmental strides wouldve been made...Amen! God bless my dear country Nigeria and Nigerians everywhere.

  • Comment number 14.

    Nigerians cried for them to let this man resign and take a good medical care of himself but they refused, Nigerians cried to let them disclose the state of this man's illness so we can know where to start the healing but they refused, Nigerians cried for them to allow people visit this sick fellow and pray for him but they refused.Now he is finally dead. I wonder if there is an apartment for an ex president's family in Aso Rock if not, I can drive them in my Danfo to Katsina.
    Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria.

  • Comment number 15.

    The first President in my view that showed deep committment to personal integrity, rule of law and the development of Nigeria. He conducted his affairs with great dignity and the level of decorum suited to the office of the President. Unfortunately, his team were not as committed to his course as he was and the people that surrounded him chose not to show these honourable attributes during his last days. He will be greatly missed.

  • Comment number 16.

    The honourable gentle man has gone to be with his maker. He got his victory over both his friends and enemy alike. He will be remebered as a peace loving president. He will remain relevant in Nigeria political history as a man who will do what he says. The dark side of his life belong to the people that leverage on his health challenges to work against the intrest of NIgerian. May his gentle rest in perfect peace. May God forgive all his imperfection.

  • Comment number 17.

    Indeed late Yar'dua embarked on the herculean task of not only reforming the electoral systems but fundamentally the 'Rule of law ‘. He did endeavor, within the limited time he had to ably function, to put in place frame work of good governance, accountability and transparency - something his king maker Obasanjo failed to do.

    However, due to time constraints imposed by his ever failing health, Umaru Musa Yar'adua had little to be remembered for than his famous mid night return to Nigeria on the eve of Jonathan's constitutional ' necessity ' power transfer.

    His wife and the cabal could have improved his legacy by allowing him to resign and die a more peaceful death in the privacy of his home in Kastina. That failure to honor Yar'adua's rule of law platform by allowing the sections of the constitution to work without any adjudication in the transfer of power to his deputy has left an indelible scar on the constitutional frame work of his country.

    However, the late president's presidency was even over before it had started. Do we all recall the famous telephone conversation initiated by Obasanjo in his effort to refute rumors of Yar'adua's death during the final days of the electoral process that dragged him to ASO Rock. In reality he was imposed on the populace by a man who thought he could maintain his control on the power machinery after office- disappointed though he was.

    But the appointment of Sanusi to clean up the financial sector and his immediate and sagacious decision on the oil income by the deal with the aggrieved in the Niger Delta will always be a ringing bell to all and sundry on his sincerity to steer h8is nation out of the doldrums. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

  • Comment number 18.

    My profound condolence to the family of the president and the people of Nigeria for their great loss.May His Soul Rest Peacefully with The Almighty.He was a man of integrity and honor. Nigeria will miss him dearly.Meanwhile, I wish President Goodluck will continue on his predecessor's determination to eradicate the national cancer CALLED CORRUPTION.

  • Comment number 19.

    I will remember him for bringing peace to the Niger Delta, non- interference in other arms of government and above all his principles on rule of law. i think he is a goodman with good intention but he shortlived not to tell his story .

  • Comment number 20.

    As a human,im sorry for the of Yaradua.But i wana use this medium to advice future leaders or rulers that will emerge.Your legacy determines where people will write your name,make sure to leave a legacy which will be worthy to emulate and talk about,transparent legacy.Adieu Umaru

  • Comment number 21.

    As a fellow African living abroad, i sincerely express my condolence to the late president Yar'Adua's family. Discussing his legacy is what i'm focus on. He promised to fight corruption, which he started by dismissing a corruption fighter(chairman of the EFCC). He started negotiations with the Delta militants, which to the best of my knowledge was not a done deal. Just to name a few he didn't accomplish a lot. However his ill-health may have contributed to him having little or no legacy as president. That being said, do we blame the country for elected an unhealthy man to be president? I question his legacy. Rest in peace chief.

  • Comment number 22.

    Very honest

  • Comment number 23.

    While it seem that he was a good natured man, he tainted his image by not stepped down when he knew that his health was deteriorated. He should have handed-over power before boarding the plane to Saudi but like most African leader he hanged onto power and created an unrest within the country and this one act unfortunately would cast shadow over his few achievements. What a shame, I hope this would be a lesson to other selfish leaders!!! But all the same may his soul rest in peace.

  • Comment number 24.

    May the gentle soul of President Yar'Adua rest in peace and our thoughts are with his family and friends.
    What Nigeria needs at this time is reflection and reconciliation. We should be moving forward and not backwards. We should believe in ourselves and the ability to work together to do better every year. Every new government should always aspire to do better than a previous regime no matter how good or bad the previous one did.
    It is high time we started concentrating on governing better and ensure that our election manifestos are not just something to get us into office, but something that is required to move the country forward.
    Most importantly, let us leave our Leaders to do their jobs without too much interferance or intimidations. As the new President Jonathan takes office, we encourage him to ensure that in the next coming months or within his term of office, he accomplishes what no other Nigerian President or Head of state has done.
    No matter how small or huge, we would very much appreciate the effort of any Nigerian President to do better.
    We pray for peace and God bless Nigeria

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  • Comment number 26.

    The President(Alhaji Umaru Yaradua) have joined eminent Nigeria who have lived their lives serving Nigeria.These no doubt includes his Late Father(Alhaji Musa Yaradua)The First Minister For Lagos Affairs,before Lagos became a State in Nigeria.Also his illustrous brother(Major-General Shehu Musa Yaradua.
    This Family lived and died for the Love they had for Nigeria.The Late President Respected the Judiciary and the Democratic Process.
    Nigeria will never Forget this great man

  • Comment number 27.

    Is there any legacy at all? The families of those women and children who were brutally beheaded,slaughtered and burnt to death[Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator] in Jos becuase of the insecurity and neglegence in Yar'dua's administration will certainly have a another word for that LEGACY. 'Rest in peace though'

  • Comment number 28.

    Yar'Adua's legacy is mainly one thing rather than numerous small things.. The willingness to effect change. The confidence to execute it, and the wisdom to negotiate for it. He came in with a vision, and just like he did when he was governor of his state, he pressed on with his eye on the prize. So very often Nigerians cry for a difference, but then someone says that the difference cannot come and then those with the power to make a difference give up, thinking it is a lost battle but not Umaru Musa Yar'Adua and that is what I will remember.

  • Comment number 29.

    Yar'Adua (and the power-sharing he represented) brought hope for decency and transparency in a nation of byzantine complexity and seemingly intractible difficulties...

  • Comment number 30.

    "How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war destroyed..." Its so sad to see such a good hearted man with deep commitment for his country die so soon. He was indeed a gentleman. Adieu Mr President, you'll always remain in the hearts of every true Nigerian.

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  • Comment number 32.

    In the history of nigeria, President Umaru Yar A'Adua is the most sincere leader we ever had and at the same time we lost him. Is a man of his words. May his soul rest in peace.


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