President Muhammadu Buhari and former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, have extolled the virtues of ex-President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
Yar’Adua, who served as Governor of Katsina State for eight years and 13th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, died on May 5, 2010.
In a statement made available to DAILY POST by Garba Shehu, his Spokesman, Buhari said, “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 [paying his tribute to the late President, Atiku tweeted, “Ten years gone, yet the outstanding leadership & decision making acumen of late former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua remains evergreen.
“Nigerians will not forget his undisputable achievements, pro-masses policies & positive stance towards the rule of law. He is greatly missed.”