President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar have remembered former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who died in office 10 years ago.
Buhari, in a statement by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu, “Despite our political differences, President Yar’Adua was unarguably a patriot because of his passion for the masses and his reversal of policies he believed were hurting ordinary Nigerians.
“Every leader should be given the credit that he deserves, whether you agree with President Yar’Adua politically or not, I must say that history will always record his honest and sincere service to the country.
“As we remember President Yar’Adua today, let us emulate his patience and gentle nature so that we don’t introduce toxicity into our politics where opponents perceive each other as enemies.
“Let me also use this occasion to extend my prayers and goodwill to his family, and Katsina State Government on the 10th anniversary of his demise. May Allah continue to bless and comfort his gentle soul.”
Also commenting on the anniversary, Atiku said “Ten years gone, yet the outstanding leadership and decision making acumen of late former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua remains evergreen.
“Nigerians will not forget his undisputable achievements, pro-masses policies and positive stance towards the rule of law. He is greatly missed.”