Since 1999, is there any President that didn’t lose someone before leaving the Aso rock?
News Direct takes a look at 4 deaths that have occurred in Nigeria’s seat of power, Aso Rock, since 1999.
President Olusegun Obasanjo lost his wife
Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s wife, Stella Obasanjo, died 23rd October 2005. She died while undergoing elective liposuction abroad.
She died at a private health clinic in Puerto Banús, Marbella, Spain, on 23 October 2005. The surgeon, identified only as “AM” in court, was sentenced to one year of imprisonment in September 2009 on a charge of “causing homicide through negligence”, disqualified from medicine for a period of three years and ordered to pay €120,000 (approximately US$176,000) in compensation to Stella Obasanjo’s son. Prosecutors had requested a two-year jail term and five-year disqualification.
A request for compensation for the Nigerian government was also rejected. The physician had misplaced a tube designed for a liposuction procedure into Obasanjo’s abdominal cavity. She sustained a punctured colon and lacerated liver and died two days after the surgery.
President Umaru Yar’Adua himself died
Late President Umaru Yar’Adua was the 13th president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was governor of Katsina State in northern Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 28 May 2007.
In 2007, Umaru Yar’Adua, who suffered from a kidney condition, challenged his critics to a game of squash in an endeavour to end speculations about his health
In 2009, Yar’Adua left for Saudi Arabia to receive treatment for pericarditis. He returned to Nigeria on 24 February 2010, where he died on 5 May.
President Goodluck Jonathan lost his close ally and chief strategist, Oronto Douglas
Late Oronto Douglas was the chief strategist to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. He died on April 9, 2015.
Presidential Buhari lost his close ally and chief of staff, Abba Kyari
80 years old Abba Kyari was President Buhari’s chief of staff and some call him, the prime minister.
He died on April 17, 2020 from Coronavirus.