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Yar'Adua: Despite political differences he was a patriot - President Buhari pens down tribute to the Former President | Thekokospot

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Yar’Adua: Despite political differences he was a patriot – President Buhari pens down tribute to the Former President

PublishedBy: in NewsMay 6, 2020


President Muhammadu Buhari has in a tribute openly acknowledged his political differences with the late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Nigeria’s former President on the 10th anniversary of his death saying he was a patriot.

Late Yar’Adua defeated Buhari in the highly discredited 2007 presidential election. He served from May 29, 2007 and died in office from an  ailment which was not disclosed on May 5, 2010.

President Buhari and the late former President are from Katsina State.

A statement by the spokesman to President Buhari, Garba Shehu, read “As Nigerians observe the 10th anniversary of the death of former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, President Muhammadu Buhari has extolled the virtues of the leader, who served as Governor of Katsina State for eight years.

The President 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.’’

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