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. elekele alex

    nigeria has a son.may God keep and guard his family.Yar'adua rest well

    May 6, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. jubril

    this prove every living creation shall taste death rich or poor. may his soul rest in peace

    May 6, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. casper

    Just out of curiosity... this changes what?

    May 6, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dr. Wilson Otasowie

    I heard of the death of our president with sad feelings. No doubt, he was a good president. Sickness didn't alloy him to performed. We should pray for a leader like him! Mr. president, may your soul rest in perfect peace

    May 6, 2010 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Skin

    D end of one confusion and d beginning of another.Let's learn from our past mistakes.Rest in peace Yar'Adua

    May 6, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. moses ekokeme

    Oh!so soon!may his soul rest in peace and may God Almighty fend 4 his family.Amen

    May 6, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. Folake

    Inna Lilahi wa inna ilayhi rajihun. That said, I personally don't care cos to me the man had been dead for a while. Not that I have anything against him as a person but against the deceitful people who were around him and chose to ridicule Nigeria and belittle Nigerians. By toying with our intelligence if the whole Nigerian populace was the stupid I probably wouldn't mind buy we all saw beyond their antics and games. I just hope that Nigerians would realize early that no one can change our home buy us until we change what us in our hearts our condition will not change. It isup to

    May 6, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. moses ekokeme

    Oh is it that he is dead long ago dat d press are just hiding it or he just died.Oh!so soon!may his soul rest in peace and may God Almighty fend 4 his family.Amen

    May 6, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Edeke Danny

    He was a great president, I must say. We love you, but God lover you most. Rest in peace.

    May 6, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. Folake

    Inna Lilahi wa inna ilayhi rajihun. That said, I personally don't care cos to me the man had been dead for a while. Not that I have anything against him as a person but against the deceitful people who were around him and chose to ridicule Nigeria and belittle Nigerians. By toying with our intelligence if the whole Nigerian populace was the stupid I probably wouldn't mind buy we all saw beyond their antics and games. I just hope that Nigerians would realize early that no one can change our home but us until we change what us in our hearts our condition will not change. It isup to every single person to choose to be a better person.
    Finally the announcement of the passing on of UMYA should serve as a reminder to all the this world us transient, and we all are accountable. May Allah grant him respite and forgive his and our shortcomings.

    May 6, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. DE-BOY ONUBOGU

    May your soul rest in perfect peace mr. President, GOOD BYE Goodluck take over

    May 6, 2010 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. zksolomon

    May His Soul rest in Perfect peace..... God Pls accept His soul.

    May 6, 2010 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Nsikan Bassey Akpan

    No matter what we think about the late President,he was our son,father and brother,lets forget his frailties,he was a good man.May he live in our hearts forever.

    May 6, 2010 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. KC

    Inalillahi Wainailai Rajiun.
    R.I.P. President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua!

    May 6, 2010 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Egbeku Oke

    May his soul rest in peaec

    May 6, 2010 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
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