Thursday, May 6

Nigerian President Yar' Adua Dies In Abuja

Presidential Spokesman Olusegun Adeniyi announced that the Ailing Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua died on Wednesday in Abuja, following a protracted illness.

Adeniyi says that the Ailing Nigerian President was died at about 9 p.m. local time (2000 GMT) in his official residence where he was recuperating from his illness.

Yar'adua's aides have briefed Acting President" Goodluck Jonathan on the former ruler's transition.

The President Yar'Adua death is due to a serious kidney complaint in year 2000, and tried to dismiss rumors of continued ill health in 2007 by challenging his critics to a game of squash.

He was went to Germany to seek medical care during the presidential election campaign months. Last November 23, 2009, President Yar' Adua was flown to Saudi Arabia where he spent three months for the treatment of acute pericarditis, an inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart. Since then the public did not see him,

Yar'Adua was born into an aristocratic Fulani family in Katsina; his father, a former Minister for Lagos (Muslim) during the First Republic, held the royal title of Mutawalli (custodian of the treasury) of the Katsina Emirate, a title which Yar'Adua inherited.

He started his education at Rafukka Primary School in 1958, and moved to Dutsinma Boarding Primary School in 1962. He attended the Government College at Keffi from 1965 until 1969. In 1971 he received a Higher School Certificate from Barewa College.

He attended Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria from 1972 to 1975, attaining a BSc in Education and Chemistry, and then returned in 1978 to achieve an M.Sc Degree in Analytical Chemistry.

In the presidential election, held on 21 April 2007, Yar'Adua won with 70% of the vote (24.6 million votes) according to official results released on 23 April. The election was highly controversial. Strongly criticized by observers, as well as the two primary opposition candidates, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP) and Atiku Abubakar of the Action Congress (AC), its results were largely rejected as having been rigged in Yar'Adua's favor.
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