Yar’adua administration 2007-2010 was the second in line of the Nigerian Democratic Governments 1999-2019. Before becoming the Nigerian President, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’adua served as a democratically elected Governor of Katsina State from 1999 to 2007. In the year 2007, he was selected as the presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2007 presidential election in Nigeria. In April 2007 he was declared winner of the presidential election after defeating Muhammadu Buhari of the ANPP.
Yar’adua’s administration was characterized by political chaos especially due to his illness which caused so many agitations calling him to step back. However, he managed to continue ruling Nigeria despite the fact that his health was deteriorating.
SEVEN POINTS AGENDA
After he took office as the Nigerian democratically elected President, President Yar’adua declared his seven points agenda for developing the country. These agendas were as follows :
- Infrastructure, power, and energy
- Land reforms
- Food security
- Wealth creation
Yar’adua administration 2007-2010 promise Nigerians that the federal government would developed Nigeria along the seven points agenda. Before his death, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’adua was able to start realizing these goals. For example, a giant move was made in which health, security, and academic workers received a good salary increment. Also, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’adua promised Nigerians that his administration would do everything possible to improve the electoral system.
After taking office, President Yar’adua proposed a plan of bringing an end to the Niger-Delta militants issue. The administration pardoned and accepted some demands of the militants who have been terrorizing and vandilizing governments properties especially oil pipelines in the Niger-Delta area for many years. This move was commended by both internal and international analysts.
On the other hand, during Yar’adua’s administration the issue of Boko Haram began. In 2009, the Boko Haram members under Muhammad Yusuf began clashing with Nigerian security agencies. Since then, Boko Haram continued their activities in the Northern Nigeria especially the northeastern parts.
Yar’adua’s ilness worsened around the end of 2009. Because, in November 2009 he left Nigeria to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment. While receiving medical treatment, his vice Goodluck Jonathan became Nigerian Acting President on 10 February, 2010.
On 24 February, 2010, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’adua returned to Nigeria. However, his health status were unclear and people were stopped from visiting him.
Unfortunately, on 5 May, 2010, the Nigerian President Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’adua was declared dead. He was taken to his hometown Katsina where he was buried.