This post on the best President Nigeria ever had is a personal opinion of one of Nigerian Infopedia Authors. He gives his reasons based on policies, programmes and actions of the president.
The best Nigerian President is Umaru Musa Yar’ adua.
Profile and Biography of Umaru Musa Yar’Adua
Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was born into a Fulani noble family in Katsina State on August 16, 1951. He got married Turai Umaru Yar’Adua and they had seven children (five daughters and two sons).
Their daughter Zainab got married to Usman Saidu Nasamu Dakingari, a former governor of Kebbi State. Another daughter of theirs’ Nafisat got married to Isa Yuguda, The former Governor of Bauchi State. Yar’Adua also married Hauwa Umar Radda as a second wife with two children.
He attended Rafukka Primary School in 1958, Later changed to Dutsinma Boarding Primary School in 1962. He had his secondary education at Government College Keffi between the years 1965 and 1969. After finishing his secondary school education, Yar’Adua he attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria between 1972 to 1975 where he obtained B. Sc. in Education and Chemistry. In 1978, he attained his M.Sc., in Analytical Chemistry from the university.
Yar’Adua worked as a teacher at Holy Child College in Lagos between 1975 and 1976. He Later, became a lecturer at the College of Arts, Science, and Technology Zaria from 1976 to 1979.
Yar’Adua worked with the following organizations:
Sambo Farms Ltd in Funtua, Katsina State, Katsina State Farmers’ Supply Company, Katsina College of Arts, Science and Technology Zaria, Katsina Polytechnic, Katsina State Investment and Property Development Company (KIPDECO), Habib Nigeria Bank Ltd, Lodigiani Nigeria Ltd, Hamada Holdings, Madara Ltd, Vom, Jos, and Nation House Press Ltd, Kaduna.
In the year 1999, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua contested for the position of the governor of Katsina State to which he won. Re-elected into office for a second term in 2003.In April 2007, he contested for the position of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and won. During his tenure as president , he was able to enact an amnesty deal with the Niger Delta Militant of the eastern part of Nigeria before his death. He also introduced the seven points agenda which his successor, Goodluck Jonathan.
On November 23, 2009, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua became very ill and was flown to Saudi-Arabia. He was reported to be receiving treatment for pericarditis. His said treatment prolonged that he was not seen in public again creating a power vacuum in the seat of the presidency. On January 22, 2010, the Supreme Court of Nigeria passed a ruling, charging the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to within fourteen days, decide whether Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was capable of discharging the functions of his office.
On February 9, 2010, the Senate as a matter of necessity, transferred Presidential Powers to Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, and have him declared the Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, with all the powers of the president, pending the return of Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in full health.
On May 5, 2010, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua died and was buried on May 6, in his hometown.
Up until now, even though he ruled for a short time, Yar’ adua has remained the best President Nigeria ever had.