Nigeria President Yar'Adua dies after long period illness.
Nigeria's executive President Umaru Yar'Adua, whose election into the presidential seat marked Nigeria's first peaceful transition of power from one civilian to another, has died after a long sickness that caused a serious leadership crisis in Africa's most populous country, Nigeria. He was 58 when he died.
Yar'Adua's death took place on Wednesday, the 5th day of May 2010 which is almost three months after the vice president of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan assumed control of the government of the country and less than a year away from the next presidential elections in a nation once plagued by military coups and counter coups.
Yar'Adua death took place at the Aso Rock presidential villa Abuja with his wife, Turai Yar'Adua at the side of his bed. No one gave a cause of his death. However, it was known that he had a long history of kidney diseases and recently suffered from heart inflammation before his death.
Yar'Adua will be buried by 2PM (Nigeria time) on Thursday afternoon, the 6th day of May 2010 in his home town in Katsina state in accordance with his Muslim faith.
"Nigeria has lost the jewel on its crown and even the heavens mourn with our nation tonight," Goodluck Jonathan, the acting president said in his statement. He added that the whole country should stay home from work on Thursday, the 6th day of May 2010 as part of seven days of mourning for the late president.