Former President Goodluck Jonathan has paid glowing tribute to his former boss, late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, on the occasion of his 12th death anniversary.
In 2007, Yar’Adua and Jonathan were elected as president and vice-president respectively on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Sadly, Yar’Adua died on May 5, 2010, Yar’Adua and Jonathan was sworn in as president to replace him.
In a statement released today, Jonathan stated that his former boss governed Nigeria with sincerity and passion for the people. His tribute reads;
”Twelve years ago, our nation lost a patriot, a selfless leader and a peacemaker who governed with sincerity and passion for the people. President Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua is no longer with us today, but his strides in public life continue to testify for him and keep his memory alive.
Like a good athlete, he ran with passion, kept the faith and finished the race. Today we can look back and say, as President he won laurels for us in terms of peace and other worthy causes he successfully pursued.
He was a soldier of truth, committed to justice, equity and other democratic virtues. He was a servant leader and a good man; the type that is hard to find.
He was my boss.
President Yar’Adua, we remember you today and will continue to remember the good works that you did in our nation. Yours is a story of patriotism, a life well-lived in service to the people and humanity.