Former President Goodluck Jonathan has paid a glowing tribute to his former boss, Umaru Musa Yar’adua.
Yar Adua died on May 5, 2010 after a protracted battle with Acute Pericarditis at the age of 58.
Jonathan was immediately sworn in as the President following his demise.
In a moving eulogy to the former president on Facebook, Jonathan described the late Yar’adua as a peacemaker who would forever be remembered for bring a lasting peace to the Niger Delta region.
He wrote, “Seven years ago you left this world leaving behind a legacy of detribalized leadership and a soil that was fertile enough to grow trees whose shade you would never enjoy. As a peace maker, you helped bring peace to the Niger Delta and that singular act brought manifold benefits to Nigeria.
“As a democrat, you promoted due process in government and equity in public administration. Umar Musa Yar’adua, a friend and brother, a great gift to the nation and people of Nigeria. Seven years gone but never forgotten.
“May you Rest In Peace even as we hope and believe that you made al-Jannah firdaus. Miyetti Allah for the life of service you lived and may Almighty God care for the family you left behind. GEJ.”
Late President Yar’adua has continued to remain popular among the Nigerian public for his Presidential Amnesty Programme that made militants in the Niger Delta surrender their arms and be absolved into several empowerment programmes after almost a decade of hostilities in that region.