Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja
Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday described his late boss, Umaru Musa Yar & # 39; Adua as a president like no other who lived and died for the good of the country.
Many believe that the former governor of Katsina was the best leader in Africa's most populous nation since his return to multiparty democracy in 1999.
He was the second civilian president under Nigeria's current constitution.
Yar & # 39; Adua took office in 2007 and led for 3 years.
He died at 58 in ten years and was taken back for burial.
Its known cause of death was said to be pericarditis – inflammation of a membrane around the heart.
Yar & # 39; Adu was succeeded by his then Vice President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Jonathan, who completed Yar & # 39; Adua's tenure and won a substantive mandate in 2011, was one of the first to post a reminder message from his former boss on his Facebook page.
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He said that Yar & # 39; Adua built strong bridges of hope, love and understanding, through which he became a force for national unity and positive change across the country.
Jonathan's message says in part: "It has been a decade since the President of His Excellency Umar Musa Yar & # 39; Adua has been swept away by the cold hands of death. On this day, every year, his image fills our conscience as a mark of his altruism, typical modesty and an exceptional touch.
“He was a president like no other who lived and died for the good of his country. He sided with the people, working day and night to improve their lives.
“In many ways, he stood out. He had a complacent spirit and an enormous goodwill that secreted a network around our national fault lines to strengthen the bond; thus leaving to his successors the task of strengthening the band.
"President Yar & # 39; Adua undoubtedly left lasting legacies in his sincere devotion to the ideals of democracy, respect for people's rights, freedoms and reasons, as well as a commitment to the rule of law and laws of equity and justice.
"I will continue to remember President Yar & # 39; Adua as a colleague and boss who became my brother and friend".