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Umaru Musa Yar'Adua

Umaru Musa Yar'Adua




Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, born on August 16, 1951, in Katsina state, Nigeria, was a prominent Nigerian politician who served as the president of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010. Before his presidency, Yar'Adua held the position of governor of Katsina State from 1999 to 2007, during which he focused on initiatives in education, anti-corruption measures, and the implementation of Sharia law.

Yar'Adua's political journey began during the Second Republic (1979–83) when he was a member of the People's Redemption Party. He played a significant role in the transition to the Third Republic and was a foundation member of the Social Democratic Party. Although he contested for the governorship position in the 1991 election without success, he later won the Katsina state governorship election in 1999 and was re-elected in 2003.

In 2007, Yar'Adua emerged as the presidential candidate of the People's Democratic Party, supported by then-incumbent President Olusegun Obasanjo. Despite controversy and allegations of rigging, he won the election and assumed office in May 2007. His presidency aimed to promote national unity and economic growth.

During his presidency, Yar'Adua proposed a government of national unity, which garnered support from opposition parties. His administration unveiled a comprehensive agenda focused on addressing developmental challenges, including infrastructure, power, food security, wealth creation, transport, land reforms, security, and education, to position Nigeria among the top twenty largest economies by 2020.

However, Yar'Adua's presidency was marred by health challenges, including pericarditis, which necessitated medical treatment abroad. His prolonged absence from the country created a power vacuum and sparked controversy. In response, the Supreme Court of Nigeria mandated the Federal Executive Council to determine his fitness for office, leading to the controversial invocation of the "doctrine of necessity" by the Senate to transfer presidential powers to Vice President Goodluck Jonathan.

Yar'Adua faced speculation and rumors regarding his health throughout his tenure, with a notable instance being his medical trip to Germany in 2007. Despite downplaying concerns, he later disclosed his assets in a bid for transparency, revealing significant wealth.

Tragically, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua passed away on May 5, 2010, due to health complications. His death prompted a period of national mourning, and Acting President Goodluck Jonathan assumed leadership. Global leaders, including US President Barack Obama, expressed condolences and acknowledged Yar'Adua's contributions to nation-building in Nigeria.


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Place of Birth: Katsina state, Nigeria

Long: 7.6306° E

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Date of Birth: August 16, 1951

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