– Today, May 5, marks the seventh year remembrance of the death of Nigeria’s former president Umaru Yar’adua
– The former president died at the Presidential Villa in Abuja after protracted illness
– Yar’adua was Nigeria’s president between May 29, 2007 and May 5, 2010
Today, Friday May 5, marks exactly seven years since the death of Nigeria’s former president Umaru Yar’adua.
Yar’adua who was Nigeria’s president between May 29, 2007 and May 5, 2010 died at the Presidential Villa in Abuja after protracted illness.
The death of the former president changed the political landscape of the country at the time due to the fact that it was plagued by intrigues, uncertainty, dilemma and constitutional crisis.
NAIJ.com gathered that family sources said this year’s remembrance of the ex-president will be low-keyed but significant in the fact it comes on a Friday.
One of the sources speaking with Daily Trust said various mosques have been contacted in Katsina, Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto and many other states for special prayers to be offered for the repose of the soul of the former president.
“For some obvious reasons, there won’t be other events to remember the strong pillar of the family but as we’ve been doing all these years, not only during the anniversary, we’ve made contacts for special prayers for him,” the source said.
Last year, besides the elaborate prayers in Nigeria, the immediate family of Yar’adua gathered in London where they held a special remembrance for him.
They were led by his widow, Hajiya Turai and his former wife, Hajiya Hauwa as well as children and grandchildren.
Most of the family members, including others living in other places, have converged on Abuja.
A source at Yar’adua main family house in Katsina said the mother of the late president has been sick for some time, and is being treated in Abuja.
The late Yar’adua was born on August 16, 1951 and died at the age of 59. Yar’adua became the first Nigerian graduate to become president.
He had seven children from his first wife, Hajiya Turai, and two from another wife, Hauwa, whom he had divorced long before he became president.
The deceased became PDP’s flag-bearer after former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who had ruled for eight years, failed to get a third term in office.
His successes as a president were reflective of his landmark achievements when he served as governor of Katsina State from 1999-2007.
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