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. Iqmat

    may Allah grant hin aljanah fridaus

    May 5, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. aku gabriel 4m abuja

    @to tthat guy who said america killed Yardua...Yes for wat?...Maybe they sneaked in and gave our dear beloved president some Coffe.........That guy shld be floged...As for TURAI<ABAH RUMA<ALIERO ETC...Now HOPe ud let our man Get some rest that is if u guy dont go digging up his eventual grave and exhuming his body for some selfish reasons...afterall u guys were his greatest enemies

    May 5, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John Okoronkwo

    May his soul rest in perfect peace, Now the battle for who becomes the VP will surface between the Northern elites, people like his inlaw and Chairman of the Governors forum Gov Saraki think it's his birth right.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Abubakar Nuhu kankia

    In Nigeria yar'adua is among the best leaders which any individual in nigeria wl not forget him.may his soul rest in peace ameen.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. oloriebi

    I am sad about the loss to his family.RIP. I hope Nigeria can move on to do the right thing.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ayoola Onafowokan

    I hope that all poilcy makers in Nigeria will remember this day,and make good use of the opportunity repose on them,because whether We like it or not We will give account of our stewardship to the Creator.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Suleiman


    May 5, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. uche

    May the gentle soul of our dear late president rest in perfect peace. I hope his wife will let that happen, else she should be prosecuted accordinly.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joshua Dala Asudu

    He will be remembered for not intervening in the outcome of election tribunals virdicts. May his soul rest in peace. we must all watchout for the so called cabal as they are bound to spring up their selfish comments over his successor. rightly Good Luck Jonathan. please leave US out of this.

    Joshua Dala

    May 5, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Garba Abdul

    May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace Amem

    May 5, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chris

    he is a nice man ...may his soul rest in peace

    May 5, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Goodwillhunt

    Don't know him, probably a nice man and good father but I'm sure he does not merit the definition of leadership skills just like the rest of the born to rule dead brain parasitic north that has victimized Nigerians for their incompetency and whose interest is not for the best of Nigeria but to themselves. So long, and rest in peace Yaradua

    May 5, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. agunloye ayodele

    R I P uncle yardua may your soul rest in perfect peace. you have gone to rest with GOD.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Doctor No

    The commatose president has finally died. RIP to baba-go-slow.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. shaunajay

    well wishes to his family, may they look to the one above for comfort, gone bout he shall rest in the heart of the lives he impacted during his tenure. peace be unto his family

    May 5, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
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