Nigerian leader served with 'great dedication': Brown

7th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that late Nigerian leader Umaru Yar'Adua served his country with great dedication and that a peace initiative in volatile Niger Delta was his main political legacy.

"He served his country with great dedication, decency and integrity. I was impressed by his willingness to tackle poverty, promote democracy, resolve conflict and defend the rule of law," Brown said in a statement released by the British embassy.

"He leaves a legacy of a peace initiative in the Niger Delta, and vital progress on economic reform", he added.

Nigeria gained its independence from Britain in October 1960.

Yar'Adua, who had battled an acute heart ailment for several months, died late Wednesday and was buried Thursday in his northern home city of Katsina.

His deputy, Goodluck Jonathan, who had been the country's acting leader, was inaugurated Thursday as Nigeria's new president.

© 2010 AFP

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