Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
Nigeria

Umaru Musa Yar'Adua

Former President (2007-2010)

Date of Birth: 16/08/1951
Place of Birth: Katsina State, Nigeria
Died: 05/05/2010

Education: Rafukka Primary School, 1958-62; Dutsinma Boarding Primary School, 1962-65; Government College, Keffi, 1965-69; Barewa College, 1969-71; BSc, Chemistry, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1972-75; MSc, Analytical Chemistry, 1978.

Career:  Holy Child College, Lagos, 1975-76; Lecturer, College of Arts, Science and Technology, Kano State, 1976-79; Lecturer, College of Art Science, 1979-83; General Manager, Samba Farms Ltd, Funtua, 1983-89; elected member of the Constituent Assembly representing Katsina, 1988; Director, Hamada Holdings, 1983-99; Director, Lodigiani Nigeria Ltd, 1987-99; Madara Ltd, Jos, 1987-99; Governor, Katsina State 1999-07; President of Nigeria, 2007-10.

Commentary: Yar'Adua was a devout Muslim who hailed from an important political family. His father was a Minister in the First Republic and his brother, General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, was Olusegun Obasanjo's deputy during the military regime of 1976-79.

Backed as the People's Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate by Obasanjo, Yar'Adua won the 2007 presidential elections with 70 % of the vote, amid claims of fraud and vote rigging. Yar'Adua himself was not widely considered responsible, and he was commended for being the first leader to openly declare his assets on assuming office.

Much of Yar'Adua's presidency was dominated by his ill health, culminating in November 2009, when he flew to Saudi Arabia to be treated for a heart condition. In February 2010, after a three-month absence, the Nigerian senate appointed Yar'Adua's deputy, Goodluck Jonathan, Acting President. Yar'Adua flew back to Abuja two weeks later, but never recovered. He died on 5th May 2010 at the Aso Rock presidential villa.



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Vol 55 N0 21

ZAMBIA

Party rivalries grow as Sata ails

As with several other presidents, including Nigeria's Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, Mwanawasa's death became the subject of an unedifying public argument between political parties...

Vol 55 N0 15

NIGERIA

After the amnesty, more amnesty

In May 2013, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, then Central Bank Governor, reported that the programme had cost US$1 billion since it was launched in 2009 under President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua...

Vol 54 N0 11

NIGERIA

Blocking the great reform bill

Vol 54 N0 5

NIGERIA

Eko Atlantic arises from the sea bed

Vol 53 N0 14

NIGERIA

Turning security upside down

Vol 53 N0 9

NIGERIA

Star-struck James Ibori

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NIGERIA

All the President’s businessmen

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NIGERIA | UNITED STATES

Play the game

Vol 52 N0 16

NIGERIA

Governors on top and on trial

Vol 52 N0 16

NIGERIA

The strange case of the ex-Governors

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