Today we are going to be talking about our Nigeria a bit. Specifically about the first Nigerian president to die in office. But before we even start, I would like to inform your curiosity that more than one Nigerian has died in the Nigerian first office.
Nigeria is a shitty country where things don’t work. The nightmare started from the very first Nigerian president. Which means, none of them can be excused from the blame.
What we have as a country currently, is a disaster waiting to happen. An oppressive system that cares not, about the people. And the way we see things, more Nigerian presidents will die in that office.
Because it is inevitable for violent chaos to reveal its ugly head somewhere in our future as a response to the failure of the political class and not even the Nigerian president during that hour of vengeance would be able to escape the collective wrath of the people.
But before I digress, let us go back to the subject of the first Nigerian president to die in office.
His name is Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and he is the 13th president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria .
He was different from many Nigerian politicians. He was a man who wanted to be different and to set standards for others to follow in the political arena but he was a man with serious health issues.
Reports surfaced that He was suffering from a kidney condition and on 6 March 2007 he was flown to Germany for medical check up. And this was even before he entered office as the country’s number one citizen.
President Yar’Adua left Nigeria on 23 November 2009, and was reported to be receiving treatment for pericarditis at a clinic in Saudi Arabia . He was not to be seen in public again. From this moment onwards it became clearer with each passing day that he might not make it out of the darkness that had enveloped him.
The Senate controversially used the “doctrine of necessity” to transfer Presidential Powers to Vice President Goodluck Jonathan. Making him Acting President, with all the accompanying powers on 10 February 2010.
On 24 February 2010, Yar’Adua returned to Abuja under the cover of darkness. And later died on 5 May at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa . Making him the first Nigerian president to die in office.
He was an unusual man with a distinct aura different from the thieves running the country today. As a president he would have made huge impacts on all levels.
He was the first Nigerian president to publicly declare his asset. According to which he had ₦856,452,892 (US$ 5.8 million) in assets, ₦19 million ($0.1 million) of which belonged to his wife. He also had ₦88,793,269.77 ($0.5 million) in liabilities.