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. Osajie

    Now that He is dead i think Turai his wife and the then kitchen cabinet and cabal will allow him to REST IN PEACE.

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

    Our dear president...now you can rest in perfect peace.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Senator Bash Ghaj

    May The Soul Of The President and Commander-In-Chief Of The Armed Forces Rest In Perfect Peace.....

    May 5, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Abubakar Ts

    May Yaradua's soul rest in peace.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Igbadumhe Raymond

    D man has suffered! May his soul rest in p p

    May 5, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ayoola

    Good night President Umar Yaradua.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. db

    Maybe the new President will get the Nigerian Scammers that are on line and shut them down finally. That has been an industry based on fraud for years. "I am the Solicitor for the wife of a dearly departed nitwit and I want to share his hidden Jillion dollars so that it is not taken by the Nigerian Authorities. Just send me your bank account numbers and pass word so I can bend you over and stick it as far as I can into your life savings. I promise I will milk you for every dollar I can until I have it all.
    Sincerely We Cheatum Anhow, Solicitor

    May 5, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jay

    RIP U. M YAR ADUA. Turia has a hand in his death. she should be brought to book. Nigeria was ready to take good care of him if only she did the right thing. I pray for God to give the family a great heart to bear the irreplaceable loss. He was a good man to everybody. a peaceful leader who did not want trouble.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. uyi arewa

    U Ocher or whatever your name is......how can you say a thing like that eh? Nigeria is sober about a president that was always sick, but that sick President sacrificed a lot and changed the little but mostly the important things that this country needed most and prayed for a long time.... My late president was a good man and i know he deserve more than Nigerians being sober.....He deserves at least his last RESPECT OK? May his soul rest in peace. amen.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. o.g

    Zekos whatever your name is called.you are very stupid for saying that america killed him.do you even have sense at all stupid Zekos like you.my your soul rest in peace,we all know you strongle to stay alive.mr Yaradua rest in peace...

    May 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. garvin

    R.i.p yaradua. please Obasanjo just follow the footsteps of yaradua and just dieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee so 9ja can be peaceful

    May 5, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. AFUYE ABIODUN ADEBAYO

    i will miss u , may ur soul rest in in the hand of GOD

    May 5, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Oye

    Many people proclamations finally came to pass. May the soul of this gentle man rest in perfect peace. sun re oo.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Louis

    May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. nene bello

    innallilahi wa inailahi rajun,the best is what allah always does, may allah grant him aljanah firdaus, ameen.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
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