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Umaru Yar'Adua
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World Leader
    (August 16, 1951-May 5, 2010)
    Born in Katsina, Nigeria
    Fula ethnicity
    Attended Government College at Keffi (1965-1969) and Ahmadu Bello University (1972-1975, 1978)
    Acquired Higher School Certificate from Barewa College (1971)
    Governor of Katsina State (May 29, 1999-May 29, 2007)
    President of Nigeria (May 29, 2007-May 5, 2010)
    Died at Aso Rock, Abuja, Nigeria
    He was a Marxist who criticized his older brother’s ‘capitalist’ tendencies.
    He bought a cigarette all by himself as governor despite his bodyguards’ warnings.
    He was constantly ill during his presidency.
    Katsina State became the fifth Nigerian state to adopt Sharia law when he was his governor (2000).
    He became president through a highly flawed election (2007).
    He left behind a power vacuum back in Nigeria when he was receiving treatment at a clinic in Jeddah (November 23, 2009-February 24, 2010).
    He had two wives.
    His marriage with his second one lasted only five years, which is short compared to his marriage with his first one, which lasted until his death.
    He suffered from pericarditis.
    He was a chemistry teacher.
    He was one of a few politicians in Nigeria to publicly declare his own assets and the first Nigerian leader to do so.
    He has a strong will of his own despite his ill health.
    He has proven to his people that he wasn’t merely a puppet of his predecessor as president Olusegun Obasanjo.
    His brother died at the hands of Sani Abacha’s regime (1997).
    He ended tensions in the Niger Delta region (2009).

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