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. NoFool

    Great timing – I just got an email from his widow with a plea for help in getting his money out of the country. Oddly I have been getting these for months???

    May 5, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. stuart

    Dear Sir, the Nigerian president has died. In order to avert this negative development, I ask you as a foreigner for your permission to transfer the balance of his $8.5 million savings into your account in the ratio of 60% for me and 35% for you

    May 5, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bayo Oyewole(U.S.A.)

    From the soil we came and unto soil we'll go back to. It is God that gives, and He is the one who also takes. ADIEU Yar Adua. Rest well in ALUJANA (if you are able to make it). Your wife did the worst possible to convince you to hold unto power, but God knows the best. Eternal rest may Almighty Allah grant you. (Amina Yarabi).

    May 5, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. uchenweze

    its a pity,death is a necessary end.nobody knows when it will be.adious mr president.

    May 5, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Uzonna Anyiam

    The scripture says in everything give thanks to God. I strongly believe God is perfectly in control of Nigeria's affairs. Let God give my fellow good Nigerian grace to bear this loss.

    May 5, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |



    May 5, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Austino

    D shame of a nation! What has Turai gained by hidding our dear President from us? She could not certainly hid him from d inevitable hands of death. May God teach us Nigerians how to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. Better is d day a man dies than d day he was born. Lets pause and reflect.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |

    president Yar adua died evrybody mourns, Garvin&Gettodone & their family are the next before OBJ. RIP Mr President

    May 6, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. Osunkwo Patrick Chukwuebuka

    He was very quiet,gentle and loyal. May his soul rest in the bossom of Almighty ALLAH.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Adewale Ajiboye

    Though his life was cut short by the ailment but God knows best. And for Turai, this should not be the end of the road its just a bend and she just need to make the turn and continue the journey. May God grant Umaru Ya'ardua eternal rest.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cynthia

    My his soual rest in peace!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cynthia

    I pray that his soul will rest in peace. All the Nigerian politicians with their insatiable greed for wealth who steal, kill, sabotage and will do anything to get rid of whoever that stands in their way need to stop for one minute and take this moment to realize that life was given to them as a gift from the " almighty God" that showeth mercy to whom he chose to show mercy to and stop all their greediness. They need to start thinking of the people ( such as the widows, orphans, babies, disabled ) and the rest of the people who look up to them for a better nation so they can have one loaf of bread for a meal. It is obvious to all today that money can buy anything you want in this life BUT LIFE itself. May God have mercy on us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. niyi

    Its really sad that his 'death' was not declared earlier to avoid all d issues raised but we do mourn his loss and celebrate the public holiday..especially the latter!!

    May 6, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mike

    I'm surprised that enough all the Nigerians giving their condolences were able to get online long enough to post. I've never been to a country with WORSE internet. . . their IT infrastructure is a joke.

    Here's a funny story I heard about Good-Luck Jonathan while I was in Abuja;

    When he was in High School, he was Class Vice-President. . . and then The Class President got expelled, and he became Class President. Years later, he was Lt. Governor, and the Governor was impeached, making Goodluck Governor.

    Now, The President has died. . . and Goodluck is President.

    Goodluck seems to be a most portentous name.

    May all the souls lost in Niger Delta rest in peace tonight.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. Omogerry

    We got to be careful here not to heat up the polity once more. I wonder how many times there will be a 'rumour' of ones death yet he is alive. What will his death achieve for the people of Nigeria anyway.........Loss of a patriot. I think we should be empathic rather than make frivolous comments simply because we can speak & write. Whatever God should forgive some of us.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
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