- Late President’s family alleges neglect by associates
Former President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday recounted his fond memories of his former boss, late former president, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who passed away exactly six years ago. This is coming just as the family of the late President alleged neglect by his political associates and Katsina state government.
The late Yar’Adua and Jonathan were elected in 2007, but the former’s illness paved the way for Jonathan’s elevation to the status of acting president two years later, and he succeeded Yar’Adua, who eventually died in the third year of their government.
In a tribute on Facebook, Jonathan wrote: “Six years ago, I lost a dear friend and partner in democracy, peace and progress. President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was a servant leader and a stickler for the rule of law.
“He may be gone but he is never to be forgotten. I pray for his soul and for him to rest in al Jannah firdaus.”
Yar’Adua, who served as the 13th president of Nigeria, was governor of Katsina state between 1999 and 2007, when Jonathan served as deputy governor and governor of Bayelsa state.
Both men had a smooth relationship until the president fell ill-health and travelled abroad without properly handing over to his deputy.
Neglect by associates
Spokesman of the family, Zubairu Ali Gafai spoke to newsmen at the six year special prayers for late president Yar’Adua at the Yar’Adua quarters yesterday. Gafai explained that political associates of the late Yar’Adua have deserted the family after benefiting from him while in power.
He said; “we are deserted by friends and associates of Yar’Adua, even Katsina state government is not helping the family.”
“It is unfortunate that those benefitted immensely from the late Yar’Adua are not here. The entire family members are not happy.”
Gafai said if late Yar’Adua was alive he would be disappointed with his political associates.
He however said, “we are living comfortably. Thank God with all his blessing.”
Meanwhile a special prayer was held yesterday in Katsina in memory of late Umaru Yar’Adua.
The prayer which lasted for about 30 minutes, was attended by familiy members and Islamic scholars.
Our correspondent reports that none of his political associates were present at the prayer session.