* Condoles Yar’Adua’s family
By Daniel Idonor
ABUJA-BARELY three hours after the news of the death of Nigeriaâ€™s President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua filtered into the air, Acting President Goodluck Joanthan this morning, precisely 12:30 am condoled with the first lady, Hijiya Turai Yarâ€™Adua and family of the late president.
The Acting President has declared seven days of national mourning, even as today has been declared a public holiday.
Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr Ima Niboro who spoke to State House Correspondents disclosed that the decision was taking after an emergency security meeting.
Yarâ€™Adua died yesterday between 9:30 and 10:00pm in his official resident at the Presidential Villa, at the age of 59.
On hearing the sad news, the wife of the Acting President, Dame Patience Jonathan had immediately rushed to meet with the first lady; as at filing this report, Mrs Jonathan was still with Turai; even as it is expected that she remain with the first lady until the remains of Yarâ€™Adua will be flown to Katsina for Burial today.
The death of Yarâ€™Adua brought to an end a long bout with acute pericaditis, which lasted for over five months, precisely since November 23, last year.
Meanwhile, as at press time, more and more top Nigerians and other diginitaries were seen in their large numbers moving into the presidential villa, Aso RockÂ Abuja.