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President Umaru Yar'Adua dies after long illness
AFP/File Nigeria president Umaru Yar'Adua, pictured in 2007, has died, an official at his office confirmed
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LAGOS, Nigeria A presidential spokesman says that long-ill President Umaru Yar'Adua has died.
Presidential spokesman Olusegun Adeniyi told The Associated Press that Yar'Adua died at 9 p.m. (2000 GMT) Wednesday at the Aso Rock presidential villa. Vice President Goodluck Jonathan had assumed the presidency Feb. 9.
RIP Yaradua,hope this will not escallate power struggle amongst nigerian politicians based on south/north divide
Nigeria President Yar'Adua 'dead'
Fifty-eight-year-old Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua died at his presidential villa on Wednesday, state TV has announced.
A presidential aide and the information minister confirmed his death to the BBC.
Mr Yar'Adua, who became president in 2007, had been ill for some time, and had not been seen in public for months.
Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan was accepted as acting president in February.
The Nigerian Television Authority interrupted its normal programming to announce the news, in a brief statement early on Thursday.
The announcer said: "The president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, died a few hours ago at the presidential villa.
"Security aides notified the national security adviser, General Anou Bissou, who immediately called the acting president. The late president has been ill for some time."
Reports from Nigeria said Mr Yar'Adua died between 2100 (2000 GMT) and 2200 (2100 GMT) on Wednesday in the capital, Abuja.
In November, Mr Yar'Adua went to a hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for several months, during which time he was not heard from, apart from a BBC interview.
He told the BBC by telephone in January that he was recovering and hoped with "tremendous progress" to resume his duties.
A presidential spokesman said at the time that he was being treated for acute pericarditis, an inflammation of the lining around the heart.
His long absence and the lack of detailed information about his health led to a political limbo in Nigeria that was only filled when Mr Jonathan was named acting president.
Mr Yar'Adua returned to Nigeria later in February, but Mr Jonathan remained as acting president.
He will now be sworn in as president, reports say.
There had been tension between the two men's supporters and in March Mr Jonathan dissolved the cabinet.
Elections were scheduled for next year.
Mr Yar'Adua's election in 2007 marked the first transfer of power from one civilian president to another since Nigeria's independence in 1960.
He came to power promising a long list of reforms, including tackling corruption and reforming the inadequate power sector and the flawed electoral system.
But the area in which analysts say he made the most progress was in tackling the unrest in the oil-rich Niger Delta, by offering an amnesty to rebels.
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RIP Mr President
RIP The former Pres!!!! Poleni sana Nigeria hii si habari nzuri hata kidogo, any thing inaweza kutokea ktk kipindi hiki cha mpito........ History of the place can reveal!
R. I. P. Mr. president
Nigeria President Yar'Adua dies after long illness
By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press Writer Jon Gambrell, Associated Press Writer 6 mins ago
LAGOS, Nigeria Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua, long plagued by poor health, has died at age 58, his spokesman said.
Yar'Adua died at 9 p.m. (2000 GMT) Wednesday at the Aso Rock presidential villa, presidential spokesman Olusegun Adeniyi told The Associated Press. Adeniyi, his voice cracking, said Yar'Adua's wife Turai was at his side when he died. Adeniyi did not give a cause of death.
Yar'Adua, a Muslim, will be buried Thursday, Adeniyi said.
Yar'Adua went to a Saudi Arabian hospital on Nov. 24 to receive treatment for what officials described as a severe case of pericarditis, an inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart that can cause a fatal complication. He failed to formally transfer his powers to Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, sparking a constitutional crisis in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation with 150 million people.
Jonathan assumed the presidency Feb. 9 after a vote by the National Assembly while Yar'Adua was still in Saudi Arabia. Lawmakers left open the possibility for Yar'Adua to regain power if he returned to the country in good health. He returned on Feb. 24 but never appeared in public and did not assume power again.
Yar'Adua took office in 2007 in a country notorious for corruption and gained the accolades of many for being the first leader to publicly declare his personal assets when taking office setting up a benchmark for comparison later to see if he misappropriated funds. But enthusiasm for his presidency waned as time past and little changed in a country burdened by years of entrenched corruption.
However, Yar'Adua sought to end the violence in the oil-rich Niger Delta. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta has been attacking oil installations, kidnapping petroleum company employees and fighting government troops since January 2006 in what it called a protest against the unrelenting poverty of people in the Niger Delta.
The unrest had cut Nigeria's oil production by about a million barrels a day, allowing Angola to overtake it as Africa's top oil producer.
May the Lord Almighty rest his soul in eternal place..,Amen
Poleni ma brotha and sisters Naija's
RIP Yardua but why hasten the burial ceremony while other dignitaries would have liked to attend the occasion? Religious beliefs aside, he was a statesman thus a deserved burial would be appropriate.
R.I.P our president, of one of the most powerful state in Africa! What legacy did you leave behind? Mr. Jonathan atafurahi sana!!! Madaraka Bwana, ni kitu kingine!
R.I.P Mr Prezdaa
R.I.P Mr Presdaa
انا للاه و انا اليه راجعون Kwa sasa hilo ndilo la kusema.Yule mzee alikuwa mgonjwa zamani.
nilvosikia amefariki usiku wa kuamkia leo.....kuna mtu anajua zaidi...
yes kafa habari zimedhibitika