Ceremonies for the burial of Nigeria’s late president, Umaru Yar’ Adua is still on-going in his hometown of Katsina, Northwestern Nigeria with thousands of mourners, and local and international dignitaries in attendance.

The event has witnessed evocative readings from the Holy Koran and praises for the departed leader who died on Wednesday. Most offices, businesses and shops were closed in honour of the deceased and roads in the city were overwhelmed by traffic.

His remains had earlier been taken from the State House, Abuja at 11.02a.m to the airport, wrapped in the Nigerian Flag and conveyed by a State House Ambulance Registration Number 572.

Late Yar’Adua’s wife, Turai and her children accompanied the body. Also on the trip were the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, who is leading the federal government delegation, and the governors of Kwara, Bukola Saraki; Benue, Gabriel Suswam and Bauchi, Isa Yuguda.

The military aircraft which carried the body of the late president left Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja at about 12:30p.m. The body was received in Katsina by hundreds of relatives, associates and indigenes.

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