Goodluck Jonathan was on Thursday sworn-in as the President of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, following the death of the country’s elected leader Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
Jonathan, who had been serving as acting president since early February following the illness of President Yar’Adua, was sworn-in by country’s chief justice Katsina Alu just after 9 a.m. at the presidential villa.
The new President will now lead a funeral entourage to the hometown of Yar’Adua. He has already declared a week-long national mourning in respect of the dead leader whom he described as jewel on Nigeria’s crown.
58-year-old Yar’Adua, who long had suffered from kidney ailments and was recently hospitalised in Saudi Arabia because of heart inflammation, died at yesterday. He is survived by an aged mother, wife Turai Yar’Adua and nine children.
Prior to assuming the position of acting president, Jonathan was the deputy to Yar’Adua who disappeared from public view last November when he became very ill and was hospitalised in Saudi Arabia.