May 5th, 2010
07:35 PM ET

Nigeria's president dead, government minister says

Nigeria's ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua, who gave amnesty to armed militants in the troubled oil-rich Niger Delta region, has died, the country's information minister said Wednesday. He was 58.

Yar'Adua had not been seen in public since November, when he went to Saudi Arabia for treatment of an inflammation of tissue around his heart. He was diagnosed with that condition, acute pericarditis, last fall after he complained of chest pain.

He returned to Nigeria in February, but had remained out of sight.

Vice President Goodluck Jonathan has served as the country's acting leader since Yar'Adua fell ill.

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  1. Ndubueze Chuku

    May his soul rest in Peace.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Earthling

    O wow the vice presidents name is great lol. V.P. Goodluck Jonathan. Goodluck. Thats better than naming ur kid Megatron any day!

    May 5, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Zekos

    US killed that guy, for sure.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hnry Ren

    A very peacerful man and may his soul rest in peace.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. oche

    nigerians are sober about a president that was always seek. may his soul rest in peace.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Roland Ikeobi

    May his Soul rest in peace. I pray that Nigerian will do the right by swearing Goodluck Jonathan in as the president

    May 5, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Aku gabriel

    Rest in peace uncle yardua. our dear president..The good lord has chosen to call u at his own time.One lesson here is that,,,God's ways are not our ways...

    May 5, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ola Famuyiwa, Chairman African Business Roundtable

    May the almighty God, allow the family and the country to bear his loss. Hopefully the country will remember him for the good deed he did for our country

    May 5, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Windy Vincent From Canada

    You must be out of your mind U.S killed that man,my question is for what? Why should we always blame USA for everything that goes wrong with us.
    Plz,Yaradua died of illness,let pray he rest in peace leaving the united state of america out of our mess stupidity.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ope Olakanye

    A husband and father gone too soon. My heart goes out to the family, may God rest his soul.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dom

    So his son can finally release that inheritance and send me my $13 millions dollars.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. victor drisu

    His death was imminent, and was expected, based on the way he was being “protected” from public view; but it’s still a sad thing. May he rest in peace, and may God grant him eternal peace in his bosom.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tomori

    RIP..Where does the country go fom here?

    May 5, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. nigerian born

    Please, we DO NOT need all you ignorant Americans to comment on this President.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. adeyemi kayode e

    he is a good man to us he had finally die. may his soul rest in perfect peace.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
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