Ban Ki-moon saddened over death of Nigerian President Yar’Adua

May 7th, 2010 - 4:28 am ICT by BNO News  

niger UNTIED NATIONS (BNO NEWS) – United Nations’ (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his deep sadness on Thursday after Wednesday’s death of Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

Ban considered Yar’Adua’s death a great loss for the African nation and its people. He “will be remembered, among other things, for his efforts to bring peace and stability to the Niger Delta region and for his commitment to democratic governance and electoral reforms,” Ban continued.

Ban recognized, “the challenges currently confronting the country as it continues to develop its democratic system and encourages Nigeria’s leadership and institutions to work together in the greater national interest, respecting the rule of law and ensuring adherence to the country’s Constitution.”

The UN’s Secretary-General also extended his condolences to the family of Yar’Adua, who also served as Nigeria’s Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, and to the country’s Government.

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