Eliashib Ime-James, Loveworld News Wire
For close to 15 years he battled with ill health, but his passion for civil governance kept him going. The illness worsened in the last six months, throwing Nigeria’s political horizon into a state of uncertainty. And so at about 9pm Wednesday, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Nigeria’s 3rd civilian president gave up the ghost at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Since, November, The 58-year-old President of Africa’s most populous nation, has been receiving treatment at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for what medical experts called acute pericaditis, an inflammation of the membrane around the heart..
Meanwhile, with tears filled eyes, acting President Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in this morning in accordance with the Nigerian constitution by The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Alloysius Katsina-Alu, as the substantive president following the death of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
He pledged his tenures determination to purse the fight against corruption and ensure a credible election in 2011.
And as a mark of respect for the late president, Jonathan has cancelled all official engagements and declared a national mourning for seven days, during which, the Nigerian flag will fly at half mast.
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was born on the 20th of November 1957. He was Governor of Bayelsa State from 9 December 2005 to 28 May 2007, and was sworn in as Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 29 May 2007. Jonathan is a member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). On 13 January 2010, a federal court handed him the power to carry out state affairs while President Umaru Yar’Adua received medical treatment in a Saudi Arabian hospital. A motion from the Nigerian Senate on 9 February 2010 confirmed these powers to act as President. On 24 February 2010 Yar’Adua returned to Nigeria, but Jonathan continued as acting president.Following Yar’Adua’s death on 5 May, Jonathan will assume the presidency in his own right.
Jonathan was born in Otueke in Ogbia Local Government Area of the then Eastern Region, later Rivers State, now Bayelsa State.He holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Zoology in which he attained Second Class Honours, Upper Division. He also holds an M.Sc. in Hydrobiology/Fisheries biology, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Zoology from the University of Port Harcourt.
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