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Biography of Umaru YAR'ADUA

Nigeria > Politics : Umaru YAR'ADUA

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Born on 16/08/1951 (format : day/month/year)

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Umaru Yar'Adua born  August 16, 1951-died May 5, 2010, a soft-spoken former chemistry professor, was the President of Nigeria .He served as governor of Katsina State in northern Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 28 May 2007.

President Yar’Adua went to a Saudi Arabian hospital Nov. 24 to receive treatment for what officials described as a severe case of pericarditis, an inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart that can cause a fatal complication. He failed to formally transfer his powers to Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, sparking a constitutional crisis in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, with 150 million people.

Jonathan assumed the presidency Feb. 9 after a vote by the National Assembly while President Yar’Adua was still in Saudi Arabia. Lawmakers left open the possibility for President Yar’Adua to regain power if he returned to the country in good health. He returned Feb. 24 but never reappeared in public and did not assume power again.


Yar'dua was born on August 16, 1951, in an aristocratic Fulani family of a former governor of Lagos state, his early education started at Rafukka Primary School and later he joined Dutsinma Boarding Primary School.

He went to Ahmadu Bello University from 1972 to 1975, earned a BSc in Education and Chemistry there, and then returned in 1978 to acquire an MSc Degree in Analytical Chemistry.

Yar'Adua became the governor of northern Katsina State after joining the ruling Peoples Democratic Party from a Leftist political background.

The late president, who took over the reins from Olusegun Obasanjo in 2007, was not seen in public following his illness since November 2009.

On his inauguration, he had promised a lot of reforms including changing the electoral system, which was considered as highly flawed.

He had also vowed to fight corruption and fight poor power supply in Africa's foremost oil producing nation where politicians are known for their corruption.

Yar'Adua articulated all these in a seven-point agenda, which he was yet to complete before disappearing from public view.

The late president succeeded in quelling the raging rebel onslaught in the Niger Delta region by granting blanket amnesty to the fighting members and promising rehabilitation.

He leaves behind his wife  Turai and nine children.

Last update : 05/06/2010

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