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NIGERIAN PRESIDENT UMARU MUSA YAR'ADUA DEAD;Swearing in OATH of successor Pres Goodluck JONATHAN

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"NIGERIA has lost the jewel in it's crown" by newly sworn in President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Goodluck JONATHAN.Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua DEAD -29 July 2009,Born in Northern Katsina state in 1951 University chemistry professor before entering politics!Married,nine children Elected president in 2007 promising reforms Fell ill repeatedly while in offic Umaru Yar'Adua's death is announced on state TV Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua has died at his presidential villa following a long illness. The government announced seven days of national mourning and said the president would be buried on Thursday. Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan has been sworn in as head of state in a ceremony in the capital Abuja. Mr Yar'Adua, 58, came to power in 2007 promising many reforms. Analysts say he made the most progress in tackling unrest in the oil-rich Niger Delta. Nigerian TV interrupted normal programming to announce the news in a brief statement early on Thursday.Mr Yar'Adua's election in 2007 marked the first transfer of power from one civilian president to another since Nigeria's independence in 1960. The life of Nigerian President Yar'Adua He came to power promising a long list of reforms, including tackling corruption and reforming the inadequate power sector and the flawed electoral system. He made progress in banking reforms, but analysts say he made the most progress of his tenure in tackling unrest in the oil-rich Niger Delta, by offering an amnesty to rebels. The BBC's Caroline Duffield, in Jos, central Nigeria, says President Yar'Adua will be fondly remembered as a quiet and softly-spoken man whose integrity was respected.US President Barack Obama has led tributes from world leaders, praising Mr Yar'Adua's profound personal decency and integrity" and his "passionate belief in the vast potential and bright future of Nigeria's 150 million people". Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai described it as "a great loss for Nigeria".

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