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Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua: Dead at 58

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Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon.

From the BBC (includes video of the funeral procession):

“Mr Yar’Adua died late on Wednesday in the capital Abuja.

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Thousands attended the funeral in his home town of Katsina. Nigeria has declared seven days mourning.
Mr Yar’Adua, who was 58, was buried in a Muslim ceremony in Katsina state.

Businesses and shops closed down as a sign of respect.

Soldiers and police officers accompanied his body on the flight to Katsina in the country’s Muslim north.
There, mourners carried his body on their shoulders on a bamboo stretcher into a football stadium for a service.

Among chants of “God is great”, the body – in a simple coffin – was buried at a cemetery near his home.
Mourners carried Yar’Adua’s body, covered by Nigeria’s green and white flag, on a bamboo stretcher to the open field for prayers and then burial at a nearby cemetery.”

And:

Mr Yar’Adua’s election in 2007 marked the first transfer of power from one civilian president to another since Nigeria’s independence in 1960.

He came to power promising a long list of reforms, including tackling corruption and reforming the inadequate power sector and the flawed electoral system.

He made progress in banking reforms, but analysts say he made the most progress of his tenure in tackling unrest in the oil-rich Niger Delta, by offering an amnesty to rebels.

The BBC’s Caroline Duffield, in Jos, central Nigeria, says President Yar’Adua will be fondly remembered as a quiet and softly-spoken man whose integrity was respected.

But in his last months, it was clear he was too ill to take decisions himself.

CNN: Nigerian President Yar’Adua has Died

CBS News: Nigeria President Yar’Adua Dies After Long Illness

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Ify Okoye is a Muslim woman, a convert, born and raised in the U.S. She is from New York and her parents are from Nigeria. Despite the petty hassles of work and school, Ify finds time to travel usually for AlMaghrib Institute seminars and to visit beautiful places. Pronunciation primer for her name, say it like this: E-fee O-coy-yeah!

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Uncle Tom

    May 6, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    No response because no one cares..
    WOW but we will declare fatwa’s against World Cup 2010 – IT IS HARAAM !!

  2. Sayf

    May 6, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon

  3. sister

    May 6, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon.

  4. Ify Okoye

    May 6, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon, death is a reminder. If we remembered death more, we would laugh little and work harder for the akhirah as the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam reminded us.

    One of the scholars said: Look at the great difference between people who are dead but their remembrance makes our hearts alive and between those people who are alive with you today but mixing with them makes your heart dead. Indeed.

  5. SHS

    May 6, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon.

  6. Shuaib Mansoori

    May 6, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    Indeed we belong to Allah and to Him is our Return.

    Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua had a very humble and gentle persona which was reflective of his profession as a teacher. In his short term, he was able to bring about a truce in the volatile oil-rich region…May Allah forgive his sins, grant him paradise, and bring a better leader in his place for the people of Nigeria.

  7. another white brother

    May 7, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    Something about this doesn’t seem right, especially considering the quickness that the mushrik Jonathan came in to take his place from seemingly nowhere.

    May Allah forgive him of his sins, grant him the highest jannah, and grant victory to the muslims of Nigeria.

    • Ify Okoye

      May 7, 2010 at 9:58 AM

      What are you talking about, try to get a clue bro before speaking. The Nigerian presidency always alternates between Christians and Muslims. Yar’Adua has been sick for ages, even before he became president there were questions about his health. Yar’Adua put Goodluck Jonathan in place as his vp so it was always expected that he was going to succeed him.

  8. elham

    May 7, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Inna lilLahi wa ina ilayhi raji’oon.

    Al-Jazeera’s reporter in Nigeria said the same positive things about the late President (may Allah Mercy on him) in terms of his character.

    Apparently he was Nigeria’s first university-graduated President (in Chemistry) and their best chance.

    The best leader to have is the one who is knowlegdeable in both the Islamic and Secular sciences even if a little, not to mention one with a good character.

    May Allah(swt) help us raise a generation with the best qualities and character in a manner that pleases Him. Ameen.

  9. abu Abdullah

    May 7, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Ameen to the adiyya made for the deceased Nigerian president above.

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon.

    wassalam,

  10. Sarah

    May 8, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon.

    Thanks for posting Ify.

  11. Subahan Allah

    May 8, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    البقاء لله

  12. Amatullah

    May 8, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon. may Allah ta’ala forgive him, have mercy on him, make him from those just rulers who are under His Shade on the Day of Judgment and enter him into Jannatul Firdaws.

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