Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua is Dead

May 5, 2010.

News just in. President Umaru Yar’Adua of Nigeria has died aged 58.  His office just confirmed his death.  He died around 9pm Nigerian time at the presidential villa in the capital Abuja.  Yar’Adua has not been seen in public since November of last year when he was hospitalised and went abroad to Saudi Arabia to receive medical treatment.

May he Rest in Peace and condolences to the Yar’Adua family.

As a Muslim, Yar’Adua will be buried in his hometown tomorrow (May 6) in accordance with Islamic rites.  The customary 7 days of national mourning have been declared. Acting President Goodluck Jonathan who has been acting as President in Yar’Adua’s absence, will be sworn in as Nigeria’s substantive President.  Jonathan will also have to select a new Vice-President.


Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was born in Katsina in the north west of Nigeria on August 15, 1951. His father Mallam MusaYar’Adua was a minister in Nigeria’s first post independence government where he served as the Minister of Lagos. Umaru’s older brother Shehu was an army officer and was the Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters (de facto Vice-President of Nigeria) between 1976-1979 during the military government then headed by General Olusegun Obasanjo.


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 graduated from the illustrious Barewa College  (which has produced four Nigerian Heads of State). He then obtained a BSc degree in Education and Chemistry from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria where he studied between 1972 and 1975. He received his MSc Degree in Analytical Chemistry from the same university in 1978.

Professional Life and Politics

He went into academia and became a lecturer, before moving into the corporate sector and holding a number of board positions. During the second republic era of President Shagari, Yar’Adua was a member of the radical left wing Peoples Redemption Party led by the veteran Aminu Kano. Yar’Adua was a member of the PRP even though his father was a senior member of the ruling National Party of Nigeria.  During the aborted transition to civil rule of General Babangida, Yar’Adua joined the left wing Social Democratic Party, in which his older brother Shehu was also a member.

He became Governor of Katsina State in 1999 and the state became the fifth Nigerian state to adopt Islamic Sharia law. After serving two terms as Katsina State Governor, he was elected President of Nigeria in 2007. He was flown abroad to Saudi Arabia in November 2009 and was not seen in public again. He returned to Nigeria in controversial circumstances in February 2010, but was too ill to resume his official duties.  He stayed out of the public view and was not seen by senior political  figures until he died on May 5, 2010 at the presidential villain Abuja. He became the second Nigerian Head of State to die inside the presidential villa (following General Sani Abacha in June 1998).  He is he first democratically elected Nigerian President to die of natural causes while still in office.

He is survived by his wife Turai and their seven children (five daughters and two sons). He also has two sons with his former wife Hauwa Umar Radda  (to whom he was married between 1992 and 1997)

3 responses

  1. “Presidential spokesman Olusegun Adeniyi said Mr Yar’Adua passedat 8pm GMT at the Aso Rock presidential villa in Lagos.” (Sky News website, 00:07 British time)- Let’s hope the information is more reliable than that of the location of Aso Rock. Max: good job; you broke this one to me.

  2. ezekiel ali edu | Reply

    he was agood leader, may hisd gentle soul rest in perfect peace amen

  3. visionthought | Reply


    Umaru Musa Yar’Adua & The Number 13

    Umaru Musa Yar’Adua

    (August 16, 1951-May 5, 2010)

    Umaru Musa Yar’Adua President of Nigeria, made his transition on May 5, 2010 after a long bout with poor health. Yar’Adua was 58 years old at the time of his passing. The announced cause of his passing was pericarditis.

    In his short tenure as president, Umaru Yar’ Adua made important strides to have greater transparency and curtail corruption. He has the distinction of being the first Nigerian Head of State to publicly declare his assets. Yar’Adua’s rationale for doing so as he explained, was that the people would be able to see if he used his position to illegally enrich himself.

    His brief tenure was not without controversy as evidenced by the potentially damaging decision by Yar’ Adua to retain power (in title at least) rather than formally relinquish power and allow his then Vice President Goodluck Jonathan to assume the presidency before his death.

    In the life of Umaru Yar’Adua, we notice numeric patterns that appear with repeating occurence.

    One number that appears frequently in the life of President Yar’Adua is 13.

    Consider ther following:

    Yar’Adua was the 13th elected Head of State of Nigeria.

    He was elected on April 21, 2007, using the year and the month we get: 2+0+07 =9 +04=13.

    We get the number thirteen from the date of his passing May 5, 2010 or expressed as 05-05-2010: 5+5+2+0+1+0=13.

    Yar’ Adua’s age at the time of his passing was 58, which when added to itself 5+8=13.

    This December would be the 13th year since Yar’Adua’s brother Sheu Musa Yar’Adua died. Sheu Ya’Adua was sentenced to prison by military tribunal, after calling for the then Sani Abacha military regime to return to civilian rule.

    January 13, 2010, a Nigerian federal court handed then Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan the power to carry out state affairs while President Umaru Yar’Adua received medical treatment in a Saudi Arabian hospital.

    Umaru Musa Yar’Adua joins other noteworthy Nigeria political personalities that passed away in the month of May. They include:

    Sir Herbert Macauley (November 14, 1864 – May 7, 1946), Obafemi Awolowo (March 6, 1909-May 9, 1987) , Nnamdi “Zik” Azikiwe (November 16 1904 -May 11 1996).

    How should we view the occurrence of 13 given the fact that Umaru Musa Yar’Adua as a practising Muslim?

    According to Dr. Rashad Khalifa:

    “When the Quran was revealed, 14 centuries ago, the numbers known today did not exist. A universal system was used where the letters of the Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek alphabets were used as numerals.The number assigned to each letter is its “Gematrical Value”.”

    Dr. Khalifa goes on to add:

    The initials A.L.M.R (Alef Laam Mim Ra) prefix one sura,- that is 13th sura . This sura is known Al’ Ra-ad or The Thunder in English. The website Gate of Islam states:

    “It is a thirteenth surah of the Holy Quran in order. Surah Ar Rad “The Thunder ” was revealed in Mecca, Arabia on Prophet and Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him). This Surah of Holy Quran has taken its name from a word in verse 13.The subject is a divine guidance in relation to the law of casue and effect, it being explained here, as else where in Quran that there is no partiality or aversion on the part of God Almighty but the reward or punishment are the result of your actions.”

    In the Quran the word land,according to one writer appears 13 times.

    The letter the 13th letter in the Arabic alphabet (the language of the Quran) is given the gematrical value of “40″. The Arabic alphabet is the letter “M” in English.

    The Makki Sura was revealed in 13 years.

    The number 19 is very important in the Quran and the number 19 according to, is the 13th integer in the Quran.

    The Moslem.Org website also points out:

    “If we continue counting the number of verses where the verse number is prime up to the end of chapter 60 (60:13), we find that there are 1343 such verses. Note that sura 13 has 43 verses. Such is GOD’s Design, Creator of all things.”

    First Revelation Sura 96 Ayeh 1-5 consists of 76 letters (19 x 4). 76=7+6=13.

    In the occult tradition, the number 13 are reflected in the following manner:

    1.) 13 is the number of months in the lunar calendar. Each month has 4 weeks, giving us 52 weeks for a complete year.

    2) There are 13 lunar cycles in a year.

    3.) The moon moves 13 degrees each day across the heavens.

    4.) There are 13 cards for each suit in the Tarot. The “Death Card” is numbered 13.

    5.) The final step on the ladder before the souls of the ancient people of Kemet reached eternity was the 13th step.

    6.) The human body has 13 major joints.

    7.) The 33rd degree Masonic Temple is located just 13 blocks north of the White House.

    8.) According to the Jewish Cabalist, the number 13 represents the Snake, the dragon, Satan.

    “In the Kabala, at number 13, arises the Emperor, completely armed to gain his empire. In fact, the occult school says,’ ‘He who understands 13 hath the keys of power and Dominion.”

    9.) The thirteen gates of the human body of the woman: 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 nostrils, the mouth, 2 breasts, the navel, the anus, the urethra and the vagina.

    10.) The relationship between the volume of the Earth and that of the Sun is approximately 13 times a power of 10, that is to say 1 / (13.01 x 10E5) to be precise.

    11.)The number 13 is used 28 times in the Old Testament and it is never used in the New Testament.

    12.) The card deck includes 13 hearts, 13 spades, 13 squares, 13 clovers.

    13.) The number 13 brings the test, the suffering and the death. It symbolizes the death to the matter or to oneself and the birth to the spirit: the passage on a higher level of existence.

    There are many more examples of 13 symbolism such as the founding of America as was in many pre-western religions and societies. According to many Christians “The number ’13′ signifies rebellion against God’s constituted authority!”

    But we are informed by one writer:

    “The occultist assigns ‘6‘ to represent the number of man, and the number ‘7‘ to represent the number of divine perfection. Thus, as a person climbs that “Jacob’s Ladder” toward self-perfection in the realm of the occult, the number ‘13‘ represents the state of divine perfection, self-achieved perfection, and Illumination (6+7 = 13).”

    As stated elsewhere :

    “Numerology puts significance on the number thirteen when the equation 1+3=4 is considered, four being representational of the circle of life.

    While modern superstitions place negative meanings on the number thirteen, in older belief systems, now considered to be linked to the occult, 13 is a number of transition and change. One ending becomes a beginning, continuing the sacred cycle of life.”

    Copyright © VisionThought 2010.

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