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Yar’Adua: Jonathan condoles family, declares 7days of national mourning

* Condoles Yar’Adua’s family

By Daniel Idonor

ABUJA-BARELY three hours after the news of the death of Nigeria’s President Umaru Yar’Adua filtered into the air, Acting President Goodluck Joanthan this morning, precisely 12:30 am condoled with the first lady, Hijiya Turai Yar’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.

According to him, Yar’Adua is to be buried this afternoon by 2:00pm

Yar’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 Yar’Adua will be flown to Katsina for Burial today.

The death of Yar’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 Rock  Abuja.


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