Asaba â€”Â A prominent Ijaw leader Edwin Clark has described President Umaru Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s death as a great loss to the country in general and the Ijaw nation in particular.
Clark said in Warri, Delta, that Yarâ€™Adua died when the country needed his services most.
He prayed God to give him a better place to rest and prayed for the country to continue to grow from strength to strength in unity and better understanding.
Clark also conveyed his condolences to Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s family, the nation and entire Nigerians.
He also hoped that the new President would go a long way in implementing some of the policies of his predecessor and unite Nigeria for the betterment of everyone.
The Speaker, Delta House of Assembly, Mr Martin Okonta, advised Nigerians to keep the dreams and visions of President Yarâ€™Adua alive by engaging in acts that would promote unity and peace.
Okonta said that Yarâ€™Adua was one who promoted peace, unity and political stability among the people of Nigeria.
He described the death of the President as a great loss to the nation, and said that he was able to make great impact within the shortest time.
Okonta said that some of the achievements included the introduction of the amnesty programme and the creation of the Niger Delta Ministry.
In his reaction, a former National Executive Chairman of the Traditional Rulers of the Oil Mineral Producing States of Nigeria (TROMPCON), Pere Charles Ayemi-Botu, described Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s death as shocking.
Ayemi-Botu, who is the Paramount Ruler of Sembere Kindom in Delta, prayed that his soul should rest in perfect peace.
In his reaction the Chairman of the Delta chapter of ALGON, Chief Askiah Ogieh, said that Yarâ€™Adua brought hope and succour to the people of the Niger Delta region.
He said that that was exemplified in the amnesty programme initiated by the late president and the creation of the Niger Delta Ministry to look into the developmental problems in the region.
He also said that the initiative brought about the stability to the region from the restiveness of the youth, who, he added, were agitating for the development of the Niger Delta.
He further described the late Yarâ€™Adua as a reformer, who believed in the rule of law and decided to reform the electoral system.
In the same vain, the Chairman of Oshimili South Local Government Council in Delta, Mr Izuka Okolo, described the late Nigerian president as a detribalised leader.
Okolo said that Yarâ€™Adua was a man with the fear of God, transparent and who meant well for the country at large.
He further said that his laudable development strides in the country and the Niger Delta region in particular were encapsulated in the amnesty programme, the electoral reform and the dredging of the River Niger.