The Passing of Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 6, 2010

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, and I join President Obama in offering our condolences to the President’s family and all the people of Nigeria.

President Yar’Adua was working toward building strong democratic institutions based on constitutional processes, and we know that he would want Nigeria to continue on this civilian, democratic path. We urge all Nigerians to place their faith and support firmly behind orderly, democratic, and constitutional mechanisms.

The United States applauds the timely inauguration of President Jonathan, the lawful successor, and efforts to unify the country at this delicate moment. We encourage the Nigerian Government to continue its movement toward national democratic elections in 2011 and offer our support and assistance in these efforts.

On this sad day, let me reaffirm the commitment of the United States to our continued friendship and partnership with Nigeria. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

PRN: 2010/581