Today marks exactly 5 years since the death of Nigeria's former president Umaru Musa Yar'adua. 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 eventually died 6 months later on 5th May 2010 and was buried in his home state of Katsina the same day. Upon his death, Acting-president Jonathan said "Nigeria has lost the jewel on its crown and even the heavens mourn with our nation tonight"
Yar'adua, a former chemistry teacher who was taciturn and down-to-earth took office in 2007 in a country notorious for corruption and was praised by many for being the first leader to publicly declare his personal assets when taking office. Among other achievements, Yar'Adua left a legacy of a clean government which included transparency, electoral reforms and an amnesty with militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta.