Umaru Musa Yar'Adua

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.