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. john tomacal

    so where then, where

    May 5, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. john tomacal

    I defy anyone to deny his use of carnival donkees to smuggle the plans for genocide where it concerns Nigerian midgets and users of condoms.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Annabel

    May the Almighty God console his family. The late President was sick for a while and I pray for his soul to rest in peace. This is to show us that no matter how much power or money you have God can call you when you least expect. Our Nation has been through a lot since her independence. Let us respect the late President and respect our Nation as well. Long Live The Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kayode Ahmed

    Wow, we should fear God. No matter who you are, life is a gift from God and whatever we do with it is a choice that will be rewarded. Adieu Mr president.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gettodone

    O B J ..... what was your plain in giving power to this ill guyz ..... coz you knows what's going to happen and we all knows it coz that's how you do your so called good.. you better die with him................i believe God knows why it happens in that way ....so no long thing still on

    May 5, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kayode Ahmed

    Whatever your position in life, it is "adanwo" just to see how you'll fare. There is one thing that is common to all creature ................. the inevitale, death.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. etesnika

    @joker that calls self chair of Africa Business Round Table, did you peruse your comment prior to submitting it? one thinks you were obviously caught in the heat of it all or you are an alaba market businessman,,,Nigerians pay good money to learn the English language and we speak and write it better than most englishmen

    May 5, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bai

    yaradua was a man with a very good heart;no doubt nigeria has missed a gem,anyway no thanks with the way his immediate family handled his period of illness,May his soul rest in perfect peace

    May 5, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MOJISOLA

    Thank God for his life. He died in active service and so deserve a befitting burial as a president of the giant of Africa. May his soul rest in peace.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ubunto

    MAY HE REST IN PEACE. We have taken up a collection for his dear wife and family. If you would like to give a kind company has agreed to match any donation by 10 TIMES!!! Please provide your name and bank account number, and social security number to the following address UbuntuScamau@yahoo.com and i shall care for your dear donations.
    $1 will bring a hundred dollars of relief to his suffering widow monkey penis clown fart

    May 5, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chakra

    Will his widow need help in moving the tens of millions of US Dollars outside Nigeria?

    May 5, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. DOLAPO ODUNWA

    May his soul rest in peace.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DOLAPO ODUNWA

    Death is inevitable for a man born of a woman. He has done his part. RIP President Yar'dua.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ndubu

    No running water, No constant electricity, No good roads, No well equipped hospitals. Our leaders seek medical attention abroad when they get sick. We treated one of them (politicians) in our hospital last year. Our people and politicians can’t develop Nigeria for healthy purposes; consequently, these politicians will face death untimely until we know how to care for ourselves medically and otherwise. This is a wakeup call to develop Nigeria, stop bribery and corruption, stop building hospital in South Africa with Nigerian money and learn how to care for our people. Death does not know if you northerner or southerner. Acute Pericarditis (inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart- pericardium) is easily treated with NSAI (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and with outpatient therapy regimen here in America, but Nigerian politicians can’t equip one hospital in Nigeria to manage, observe and treatment common curable diseases. IT IS A SHAME FOR US NIGERIAN AT HOME AND ABROAD.
    ndubu, USA

    May 5, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JenFad2

    I'm deeply sadden by the untimely death of President Umaru Yar'Adua. My condolences go out to the First Lady, his family, and loved ones. May his soul rest in peace.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
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