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Yar’Adua was a patriot – ASYF

THE Asabe Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation, ASYF, has mourned the passing away of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Umar Yar’Adua, who died on Wednesday after a protracted illness.

According to a statement by the Founder/President of the Foundation, Hajiya Asabe Shehu Yar’Adua, yesterday in Abuja, said: ”Late President Umar Yar’Adua played his part as a patriot, servant leader, a compassionate President, especially for his uncompromising stance on the rule of law and his introduction of the Niger Delta Ministry and the Amnesty programme for the people of the Niger Delta.

He left as a hero and role model. May Allah grant him eternal rest.”

He was a consulting leader – NLC

NIGERIA Labour Congress, NLC, has said Nigerian workers would always remember late President
Musa Yar’Adua, as not only a listening and consulting leader, but also one who restored some degree of confidence on the political leadership by some of the practical steps he took to resolve critical national problems.

NLC in a statement by its President, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar, said congress believed that the death of President Yar’adua is tragic and a big blow to the country in many respects and that up to his death, he was the most educated leader to have led Nigeria.

According to NLC: “He died at his prime and at the time he was bringing the perspectives of the young generation of Nigerians to the governance process in the country. Though brief was his stay in power, former President Yar’adua restored some degree of confidence on the political leadership by some of the practical steps he took to resolve critical national problems.”

Even though he operated within the machinery of a political party that was generally perceived as insincere and highly irresponsible, Yar’Adua was seen as a straight, quiet and honest man who inspired and attracted confidence and trust.

He was therefore able to make tremendous progress in tackling the persistent unrest in the Niger Delta by offering amnesty to Niger Delta militants and set up a mechanism to arrest the infrastructural and social decay in the region. He also took deliberate steps to institute a value system.

The late Yar’adua is believed to be the only Nigerian President to have declared his assets before he assumed office on May 29, 2007. Apart from that, his government’s mantra of the rule of law was appealing not only as one of the salient democratic ethos, but more as a reawakening in our justice system particularly against the background of the impunity of his predecessor and the draconian years of the military era.

Because of his conviction on the enduring power of the rule of law, he refused to interfere when the election of two governors of his party – that of Edo and Ondo states – were upturned in favour of candidates of other parties by courts.”

“Yar’Adua’s vision and agenda for Nigeria as a great nation is encapsulated in his 7-Point Agenda. That he identified such sectors as energy, security, infrastructure, education, transportation and his master plan for the Niger Delta is indicative of his sense of national consciousness and pride. These are sectors deemed to be essential to national development, economic growth and above all dear to majority of Nigerians.

He did not only establish himself as a listening leader, he cultivated the habit of consulting widely before he embarked on sensitive economic policies. Unlike his predecessor, Yar’adua throughout his two active years in power did not at any time increase the prices of petroleum products. He instead did the opposite by reversing some of the increases done by President Obasanjo on the eve of his leaving power and when international prices of crude oil plummeted, Yar’adua did not hesitate to further reduce domestic prices of products when pressured by labour.

Yar’adua’s civility manifested most when he chose the path of dialogue and consultation as his administration contemplated to embark on the deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry. This was against the past tradition when such policies were unilaterally embarked upon with all its consequences.

Congress believes that a fundamental legacy of the Yar’adua administration was his determined efforts to institute a credible electoral process against visible opposition and twisted philosophy of mainstream elements of the ruling party.”


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