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Nigeria voices: Reaction to Yar'Adua's death

Pedestrians walk past newspapers announcing the death of Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua, on Ikoyi Island in Lagos
Nigeria has begun marking seven days of national mourning

Nigerians have been reacting to the death of their president, Umaru Yar'Adua, who passed away at his presidential villa on Wednesday night following a long illness.

He has been buried in a Muslim ceremony later in his home state of Katsina, in the north of the country.

YOUR COMMENTS

To many Nigerians, the president had died months ago and they mourned long ago. Many believe that the sick Yar'Adua who left Nigeria in November never returned, hence, the announcement of his death is seen as formal ritual that must be performed after the first lady's political cabals lately understood they have lost politically, hence nothing to lose to announce the death. May His Soul Rest In Peace!
Nze Emeka, Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria

President Yar'Adua was a good man. His determination to solve the Niger Delta problem proved as much. But his persistent ill health was a problem. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Comrade Etiowo

Even though the death of President Yar'Adua didn't come as a shock, I am still trying to come to terms with his demise. It feels like the death of a close relation. He was such a gentleman. May his gentle soul rest in eternal peace.
Olojede Titilola, Lagos, Nigeria

It is a loss to his family no doubt, but the vast majority of Nigerians would be indifferent to the news of his passing because the people close to him mishandled his illness and succeeded in alienating him from any good will he may have otherwise enjoyed. The moral of all this is that our country is bigger than any one individual. May his soul rest in peace.
Supo Adebayo, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

I believe that the official announcement of the death of the president will put an end to playing politics with his health. The acting president will now be allowed to focus on leading the nation forward.
Sada Wiseone, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

We Nigerians have been hearing all sorts of rumours about our president's health for some time, but if he really is dead I pray that our good Lord will grant him eternal rest.
Damian Chinedu, Anambra, Nigeria

Nigeria is a great nation with great people but power monopoly is wreaking havoc on our economy. Let Yar'Adua's death be a lesson to all.
Madubueze, Nigeria

Although he had a short time as president, Yar'Adua is still the best president Nigeria has ever produced
Aka Emeka

It's a national tragedy, although it's a shame most Nigerians won't give a hoot about it. I just hope that Goodluck Jonathan gets in there and does the necessary reforms, irrespective of cultural background and ethnicity. Nigeria needs a leader that won't succumb to the selfish desires of the self-acclaimed godfathers, a leader who would give back to the people what they truly deserve. It has already begun with the electorate, it should expand to all other sectors. This is the time for our development, which will begin from the grassroots.
Jude Nwulu, Baltimore, USA

He was a good man, a man that meant well for this nation but could not achieve his aims because of his ill health. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
Matthew Olarewaju, Osogbo, Nigeria

President Yar'Adua was a good man. His determination to solve the Niger Delta problem proved as much. But his persistent ill health was a problem. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
Comrade Etiowo, Enugu, Nigeria

It is really a sad time for our country. It is such a great loss. The man really portrayed gentleness. The grief will, I'm sure, have a lasting impact. God bless Nigeria because we will really need that blessing.
John Adams, Lagos, Nigeria

Although he had a short time as president, Yar'Adua is still the best president Nigeria has ever produced. His sincerity, selflessness and commitment will forever be remembered. RIP Mr President, we love you.
Aka Emeka, Enugu, Nigeria

He was a good man. But his ill health and the politics of swearing in Goodluck Jonathan as acting president almost turned Nigeria on its head. Now we must focus on the issue of who will be vice president to Jonathan. That might heat up the political system again.
Itemoagbo John Aigboje, Lagos, Nigeria

For all that Mr Yar'Adua has gone through, especially since November, I think that his passing is better than him having to endure any more suffering. I wish he had given way to governance and focused on his health. Maybe, he would have saved both Nigeria and himself.
Godwyns Onwuchekwa, London, UK

He should have willingly and fully surrendered power to Goodluck Jonathan. He knew he was not capable of leading any more. May his soul rest in peace.
Kemka Ihenaka, Texas, US

This is one of the most turbulent periods in Nigeria's political history
Ekene Ozibo

Though he had been on his sick bed for some months now, I find it very difficult to believe that President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua is no more. He will forever be remembered for his fairness. Nigerians will miss him. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
Afeni Babajide, Iyin Ekiti, Nigeria

It's a pity he's dead but the country has to move on. At least we now know we have a way forward.
Ademola Adeboyejo, Edo State, Nigeria

I feel it is time for him to rest because he has been sick for a long time. He should have resigned power some time ago.
Jubril Oyewole, Lagos, Nigeria

Our president was a man of proven integrity and with good and bright intentions for Nigeria and the world at large. I pray that the new president will consolidate his vision. May his soul rest in peace.
David Udiminue, Uyo, Nigeria

This is one of the most turbulent periods in Nigeria's political history. Yar'Adua is now dead. May God give us the fortitude to bear the loss. Adieu Mr President. Rest in peace until we meet again.
Ekene Ozibo, Abuja, Nigeria

May the late president's soul rest in peace. As many Nigerians living in diaspora, I read and heard that Yar'Adua was a good governor of his home state Kastina before becoming president. And he was determined to replicate good governance at the national level as president. Unfortunately his life and ambitions were cut short by illness and death. I cannot wait for the day Nigeria/Nigerians realizes its great and full potentials. A country endowed with human and natural resources, yet the vast majority of her citizens are living in abject poverty. No electricity, no good roads and other basic infrastructures. While corruption is a problem, I don't think it is the only problem. There is corruption in the Western countries too. This is evident by the recent global financial crisis that started in the US. Everyone knows how much money influence politics in the US. The only difference is that corruption is the West is sophisticated or covert while it is crude and overt in developing countries. It is my hope that e new leader will emerge in Nigeria and make life better for the masses instead of a handful elites. Kingsley O




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