Thursday, 6 May 2010

Photonews: Yar'Adua's Body Taken To Hometown For Burial

The body of former Nigerian President, Mr. Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, accompanied by his wife, Hajia Turai Yar'Adua, being taken to his hometown, Katsina, capital city of Katsina State for burial according to Moslem rites.

News Release: Inaugural Address By Nigeria’s New President

My dear brothers and sisters, it is with deep sense of loss and profound sorrow that I received the news of the passing on of His Excellency, President Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Our President passed away peacefully in the Presidential villa in Abuja yesterday evening, the 5th day of May 2010. While we submit to the will of God as a people of faith, this sad event has placed our nation in deep mourning.

On behalf of the good people of our great Country Nigeria, I stand by our First Lady, Her Excellency Hajia Turai Yar’ Adua, the Children, our Mother, Hajia Habiba Musa Yar Adua, and the entire Yar’ Adua family and offer our heartfelt condolences on the demise of our amiable leader.

President Yar’ Adua’s contribution to political development and good governance would never be forgotten. He will therefore always occupy a pride of place in the political history of our dear Nation. He was a man of great personal integrity, deep devotion to God and outstanding humility. In all his public service, he displayed uncommon commitment to the peace, progress and unity of our country. He has left for us a profound legacy that provides a firm foundation for Nigeria’s future. His exit has therefore created a huge vacuum in his personal contributions to the political growth and development of our nation. I have lost not just a boss but a good friend and brother.

Having taken the oath of office in line with the Nigerian Constitution, under these very sad and unusual circumstances, I urge all fellow citizens to remain steadfast and committed to the values and aspirations of our nation. While this is a major burden on me and indeed the entire nation, we must in the midst of such great adversity continue to garner our collective efforts towards upholding the values which our departed leader represented.

In this regard our total commitment to Good Governance, Electoral Reform and the fight against Corruption would be pursued with greater vigour. As I had stated time and again, we must enshrine the best standards in our democratic practice. One of the true tests would be to ensure that all votes count and are counted in the upcoming General Elections. Similarly the effort at ensuring the sustenance of peace and development in the Niger Delta as well as the security of life and property around the entire country would be of top most priority in the remaining period of this administration.

I want to reassure all Nigerians that the pledges which we had made to improve the socio-economic situation which we face through improved access to electricity, water, education, health facilities and other social amenities would continue to be given the needed emphasis. The welfare of our teeming workers and the unemployed youths would also be accorded a new impetus.

My brothers and sisters, I call on all Nigerians to pray for the repose of the soul of our departed President. May God, in his infinite mercy, and compassion grant him eternal peace.

God bless Nigeria.

Released By:
The Presidency Abuja, Nigeria.

News Break: Nigeria's Acting President Sworn In As Substantive President

                            [President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan]

Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan have just been sworn in as Nigeria's substantive President.

Citizen Report: Security Breach In Presidential Villa As Nigerian President Dies

                                     [Yar'Adua: Dead]

                                [Jonathan: To become substantive President]

A citizen reporter from the Presidency reported a security breach in the Presidential Villa Abuja last night, following the death of Nigerian President, Mr. Umaru Yar'Adua at about 9.00pm.

The report indicated that as soon as the President died,  a reminant of pro-Yar'Adua elements within the Brigade of Guards made attempts to move into the Acting President's residence, armed and without permission.

"Fortunately, the Acting President's security details had been alerted about the death of the President and the possibility of a security breach by one of the foreign Missions in Abuja", the report  revealed.

The report further stated that the Acting President's security personnels immediately arrested the situation. No arrests were made. The Acting President, according to the report later directed that the issue should be closed.

chidi opara reports was not able to confirm this report at the time of preparing this report.