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. christopher s.o

    may his soul rest in peace...amen

    May 6, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ochuko Ohworisi

    Obasanjo should have just let him rest after his 8 year tenure. But stressed him to rule a very large country like Nigeria.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Collins

    May the path of the departed human spirit be blessed. May the immediate family and relations and loved ones be permitted the strength to go through this experiencing.May the new leaders of our dear country be permitted the wisdom to lead aright and strive to improve our lots.

    May 6, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Paul Ehizuelen

    My prayers are with his family for the strength and courage to carry on. He appeared to have done the best he knew how to help Nigeria; only posterity will accurately judge how effective a leader he was. May God grant him eternal rest.

    May 6, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. Igbo boy

    May his soul rest in pease

    May 6, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. Caneye Hazyermoney

    Does this mean I'm not getting my money?

    May 6, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MattyG

    our king is dead. Plz, NIGERIA! depotsite 500,000 is a secure bank account as I know magic. I will bring your akenaka back to life. Apon his life awakening experience (the second jesus), your money will come back to you 10 fold. So if you can just escrow 500,000 over to a private bank account NIGERIA, I'll make sure your king is risen,

    May 6, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. michael olaniyi delanky

    this is a lesson to other corrupt politicians aimming to become president. Putting your own needs ahead of the people's is a shameful and selfish act, this YAR'ADUA did when he went to Saudi without notice. I hope he is held accountable where ever he is now.

    May 6, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. David

    Nigerians have not shown respect to their president, he just died and Jonathan has just been sworn in as president, this is surposed to be a time of mourning the president's death. President Jonathan would have at least tommorrow that is going to be Friday.

    May 6, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. L. Uzoamaka

    OBJ you killed Yar' Adua by forcing him to bite more than he can chew. Please, hands off Goodluck Jonathan. Allow Nigeria to be.

    May 6, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. somber_american

    May God welcome him home and bring him great peace. The people of America are with you as we were with the Polish when their leaders were taken from them. We are your friends. It is the stupid people in our respective countries that keep us, the loving people of our great nations, apart.

    We are with you, Nigeria.

    May 6, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom

    Woww. there is so much love here for a corrupt president. A guy who came out of no where in a rigged election. A guy who was on his death bed before he even got elected. I can only imagine how much money he stole from the country in the few months he was president and why people treat him like a hero.

    May 6, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. charles n

    a peaceful and honest man.may his soul rest in peace

    May 6, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rowland kenedinum

    a man of peace indeed. may his soul rest in peace in Jesus name. amen.

    May 6, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mla

    my heart goes out to all is not an easy thing to loose a beloved president; I know exactly how you feel. We (Zambians) lost ours 2 years ago and it kinda makes you feel orphaned, but God is good. May God, the comforter of all comforters bring peace to all of you at this very sad time and indeed may the soul of Mr Preseident rest in eternal peace. God bless you all.

    May 6, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
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