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. cassell

    who cares?? i definitely dont

    May 5, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liz

      Will you want anyone to care when you die

      May 20, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dr Bajela

    The God all nations is still alive and controls events,times and seasons.May Ur soul rest in Perfect peace.Lets learn from this but I am too certain 90% of Nigerians cant learn.Life goes on as usual.Adieu.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |


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  4. Doctor No

    Hopefully, that pest, a murderer and a consummate blood sucker, Ibrahim Babangida is NEXT. Hell will be too pleasant a place for that super-devil.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobsy

    may God choose a better president for nigeria.may his soul rest in peace

    May 5, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Uzo Agumanu

    It is true Mr President is dead. We console ourselves as we now faced with the greatest challeng of moving our coountry fwd. We are about to check mate corruption and all financial criminals. This fight we must finish as the new President is sworn in. Lets clean the system together. The days of "baruwana" is over. God is God He is no man. Who can question him or chalenge His superiority. We are being molded by events that are unfolding. Long live the FR of Nigeria. We shall give our late President a befitting State burial.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. oguntimehin tunobde

    Yar'dua is dead what would be d advice to fellow Nigerian's?????may his soul rest in peace.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Zogon

    President Umaru Musa Yar'adua, May your soul rest in peace. Amen.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Doctor No

    It's time for the Donald Dukes, Nuhu Ribadus, Dora Akinyulis and Ngozi Iwealas to be given the opportunity to rule that moribund country.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fatai ijelu

    your soul rest with God, and all nigeria the is the first time is happen in history pray for all nigeria

    May 5, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Adefolalu Dotun

    Don't really know how to react to the news. How do we believe he just died? Someone we've not seen in months! Many thanks to madam Turai for 'successfully' taking care of her late husband!

    May 5, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Blessaing O.

    My prayers and thoughts goes to the entire Yardua.He was a good and gentle man. It breaks my heart that some people used his health issues to ridicule him at the time he needed Nigerian's support and prayers.
    May the good Lord give his Children and the entire Yaradua family the heart to bear this loss.
    May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace,Amen.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Olanrewaju Charles Akpan

    The end of one Confussion & the Great Biginning of another one.. May God Help us in Nigeria & May Yar'Adua's soul Rest in Peace. Amen!!!

    May 5, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dominic

    We cannot continue to hide his death for-ever, hence the announcement.
    May his soul rest in peace.


    May 5, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Allen adum

    Turai was the architect of Yar dua's death. The North should promptly nominate her, Vice President, so she can assume the presidency via PDP rigging next year to finish her husband's tenure and actualize her dreams of being the first Nigerian female president! This woman who had withstood all entreaties would make a "good" president of the ilk of OBJ.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
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