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. seyi Audu

    He was a good man,a leader that had the interest of the people at heart .My condolence goes to his family and the people of Nigeria.Nigeria will survive!!!!

    May 6, 2010 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nana Butt

    May his soul rest in perfect peace.

    May 6, 2010 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. jay jay ,mayor

    it's indeed a big lost to our great nation nigerian .things has falling apart, the man of the people has died , there is no longer at ease ,it has become the arrow of God.

    May 6, 2010 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sanni

    Adiue my brother. Goodluck, congrat as you are sworn in as the new Nigeria President. Your name is really your strenght. Who vice you now? I pray Ribadu, the former EFCC Guru. That way we can clean up the Nation
    Madam Turai Ya'adua, you are a wicked wife. You kill that peaceful man with your bad advice just for your selfish interest.

    May 6, 2010 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. andrew

    may his soul rest in peace amen

    May 6, 2010 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. JAY JAY MAYOR

    is indeed a great lost to our great nation nigerian . things has falling apart , the man of the people has died there is no longer at ease ,is has become the arrow of god . REST IN PEACE PRESIDENT

    May 6, 2010 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. Harry E. Thomas

    Our presido is a nice fear'n man. May his gentle soul rest in d bosom of d lord Amen.

    May 6, 2010 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Taiye Muktar

    To Allah we belong and to him we shall return....May Allah forgive all the muslims that have passed away

    May 6, 2010 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. Shark

    The word of God most surely come to pass , Glory be to his mighty name ,life goes on

    May 6, 2010 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. onyike mc

    am confused. shall i rejoice or morn over his death.at least a secret has finally been made known.

    May 6, 2010 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. fadirepo kehinde

    REST IN PEACE MR PRESIDENT

    May 6, 2010 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. Akuche juliet nkiruka

    A Great Gem and Hero has left this world,Oh my God wat great lost to our country and to his beloved family. I pray that may God give us the strenght to bear the lost. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

    May 6, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kenny Faruq

    Inna lillah Wa inna lillayh Rahjihun – To God We Belong To Him We Shall Return.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. Maduka Chijioke

    He was a good man. May his soul rest in peace

    May 6, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. ijalade sunday

    Adieu, Amiable, peace loving father of the nation,may your gentle soul rest on the bosom of the almight, histry will never forget you,things stand still a mist of Nigerians in italy, when the news get to us

    May 6, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
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