Progressive Peoples Party, PPA, has described the death of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua as a colossal loss to the nation.â€With his death, the nation has lost a bridge builder across the political divides and ethnic frontiers as would be seen in the composition of a Government of National Unity [GNU] at the outset of his administration as President to alleviate the pains of theÂ 2007 electoral fraud that brought him to officeâ€,the party said in a statement by its national chairman,Mr Larry Esin, yesterday.
The statement continued:”He was a nationalist par excellence and promoter of the cause of the common man.
â€œYarâ€™Adua started off his political career with the defunct Peoples Redemption Party, PRP, led by Aminu Kano, the acknowledged lover of the masses (Talakawas).
â€œSo much attributes of Aminu Kanoâ€™s brand of politics did he imbibe that when the opportunity came for him to be in power, now in PDP, as governor of his home state of Katsina, his programmes were geared towards uplifting the common man from abject poverty.
â€œThat was when former President Olusegun Obasanjo saw his potentials as a national leader and groomed him (Yarâ€™Adua) to succeed him.
â€œThe president campaign for transparency, accountability, due process, rule of law and electoral reform speaks volumes of his commitment to re-arrange Nigeria such that the masses could get the best from governance.
â€œWe are not disappointed at his modest achievements during his short stint as president.
May the good Lord give the nation the fortitude to bear this loss and console the family he left behindâ€.
Yarâ€™Adua had a vision of transforming every regionÂ -Â TUC
TRADE Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, has said late President Musa Yar’ Adua was not only a leader whose life touched every aspect of human endeavours within the three years he served as the nationâ€™s President, but also had a vision of transforming every region of the country, hence his boldness in initiating the seven point agenda.
The umbrella body for senior staff association in the country, in a statement by its President-General and Secretary-General, Comrade Peter Esele and Chief John Kolawole respectively, also called on President Goodluck Jonathan,Â to study the areas where Yar Adua failed and make amends and offer the nation the needed dynamic leadership to move it forward.
The statement read in part: â€œIndeed Yar Adua was a leader whose life touched every aspect of human endeavour within the three years he served as the nationâ€™s President. He had a vision of transforming every region of the country, hence his boldness in initiating the seven point agenda.”
Though his critics dobbed him asâ€ Mr. Slow â€œhe never the less took decisions which he would later turn to apologize.
He was also a believer in peace, justice and equity as manifested by the sincere way he handled the Niger Delta crisis by the setting up of a separate ministry for the region, an action that will remain indelible in the hearts of the people of this region who had been neglected be previous administrations.
The granting of amnesty to the militants who waged wars on the nation was also a pointer to his personal commitments and unbiased mind in handling national issues.â€
â€œLate Yar Adua was also a believer in the principles of the rule of laws and respect to supremacy of the nationâ€™s constitution and due respects to the judiciary. The judiciary capitalized on this to deliver land mark judgments that were unprecedented in the history of this nation.
Yarâ€™Adua publicÂ declaration of his assets from May, becoming the first Nigerian Leader to do so, according to which he had ?856,452,892 (US$5.8 million) in assets, ?19 million ($0.1 million) of which belonged to his wife. He also had ?88,793,269.77 ($0.5 million) in liabilities.
This disclosure, which fulfilled a pre_election promise he made, was intended to set an example for other Nigerian politicians and discourage corruption. However, his government was unable to sustain the war against corruption. The congress therefore calls on President Goodluck Jonathan, as he takes the oath of office, to studyÂ the areas where Yar Adua failed and make amends as the nation is in dear need of a change.â€