What Jonathan, Saraki said about late president Yar’Adua

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Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, on Sunday remembered his former boss, the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

The late president passed away May 5 2010.

In a Facebook post, Jonathan hailed the former Katsina Governor for his service to the country.

He said: “On this day nine years ago I lost a friend, colleague, brother, and boss, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. He was a selfless leader who placed national interest above personal and ethnic gains.

“President Yar’Adua was a man of integrity with a humble spirit who always took upon himself the burden of national reconciliation, peace-building, and democratic consolidation.

“He used the opportunity he had in public service to build bridges of love, foster unity and give hope to Nigerians.

“Today, I remember and celebrate him for the works that he had done. Peace he lived for and homes of peace he built. Democracy he loved and democracy he nurtured. We will always remember you for your service. A servant leader truly you remain.”

However, Senate President Bukola Saraki, also paid glowing tribute to the ex-president.

“Today, I remember the selfless statesman, former President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, who passed on 9-years ago.

“His legacy of integrity as a great leader will always remain indelible in our hearts. May the mercy of Almighty Allah (SWT) continue to be upon him. Amin”, the former Kwara Governor said.

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