Today In Nigerian History: 24th February

Umar Musa Yar’Adua

On this day in 2010, President Umar Musa Yar’Adua returned to Nigeria after staying in Saudi Arabia for 3 months due to health reasons…

After a 93 days absence and being away from presidential duties, President Umaru Musa YarAdua  returned to Nigeria, but his health conditions remained unclear as there was still speculations that he remained on life support machine.

The country’s political elite were consumed by a power struggle. Then Vice-President, Goodluck Jonathan had been reshuffling ministers, pledging to tackle power shortages and forging ahead with an amnesty for militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

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Yar’Adua died on 5 May at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa.

– Also on this day in 2012, suspected members of the Boko Haram sect gunned down five worshipers inside a mosque as evening prayers ended. The gunmen suspected of being Boko Haram Islamists killed a dozen people when they razed a police station after failing to storm a jail in Gombe city in Kano.


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