Umaru Musa Yar'Adua

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Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
Yar'Adua in 2007.
3rd President of Nigeria
In office
29 May 2007 – 5 May 2010
Vice PresidentGoodluck Jonathan
Preceded byOlusegun Obasanjo
Succeeded byGoodluck Jonathan
Governor of Katsina
In office
29 May 1999 – 29 May 2007
Preceded byJoseph Akaagerger (military administrator)
Succeeded byIbrahim Shema
Personal details
Born(1951-08-16)16 August 1951
Katsina, Nigeria
Died5 May 2010(2010-05-05) (aged 58)
Aso Rock, Abuja, Nigeria
Nationality Nigeria
Political partyPeople's Democratic Party (1998–2010)
Other political
Alma mater

Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (16 August 1951 – 5 May 2010)[1][2] was a Nigerian politician. He served as the President of Nigeria and the 13th Head of State.

He became governor of Katsina State in northern Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 28 May 2007. He was declared the winner of the controversial Nigerian presidential election held on 21 April 2007, and was sworn in on 29 May 2007. He was a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP).

In 2009, Yar'Adua left for Saudi Arabia to receive treatment for pericarditis. He returned to Nigeria in 2010, where he died on 5 May.

Background[change | change source]

Umaru Musa Yar'adua was born 16th of August 1951 in Katsina State, his father was Mr. Musa Yar'Adua who was a Minister for Lagos in the first republic and also held a chieftaincy title of custodian of the royal treasury of the Katsina Emirate.

References[change | change source]

  1. Ayorinde, Steve (16 July 2008). "The goof about the President's birthday". The Punch (Lagos). Punch Nigeria Ltd. Retrieved 17 July 2008.[dead link]
  2. "Nigeria's Umaru Yar'Adua dead: president's office". The Sydney Morning Herald. 6 May 2010.

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