KATSINA, Nigeria, May 6 (UPI) -- Nigeria Thursday buried its late president, Umaru Yar'Adua, in Katsina, 10 weeks after he had been treated for heart problems in Saudi Arabia.
Yar'Adua, 58, died Wednesday of pericarditis in Abuja.
Voice of America reported thousands of people paid homage at the township stadium in Katsina where Yar'Adua's body was on a simple wooden bier draped with a flag and carried by senior military officers. The ceremony came after Acting President Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in to replace him.
Yar'Adua, who hadn't been seen publicly for nearly six months, was buried at Dan Marna cemetery, VOA reported.
Yar'Adua took office in 2007 and is best known for giving amnesty to militants in the Niger Delta who continue their violent protest against oil production by foreign companies in the region.
Militants called off the truce Yar'Adua had brokered when he was sent to Saudi Arabia in November 2009 to be treated for acute pericarditis, an inflammation of tissue around the heart. Yar'Adua returned to Nigeria in February.