With just three years as the president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, late Umar Musa Yar’adua unarguably created an array of enviable legacies that would always mark him out in the political history of the country.
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Born on August 16, 1951, Yar'adua was a former Katsina state governor and the 13th president of Nigeria, a position he held until his death on May 5, 2010, due to pericarditis after months of a controversial medical visit to Saudi Arabia.
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, his vice, was later sworn in as the president. The former Bayelsa governor continued the term of his former boss before contesting for the presidency again under the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Jonathan was later defeated by Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2015, becoming the first sitting president to be unseated through a democratic electoral process.
As Nigerians mourn the late Umar Musa Yar'Adua 10 years after his demise, Legit.ng swings the pendulum back on his presidency and highlights 7 things that made his government a memorable one.
1. 7-Point Agenda
Umar Yar'adua would be remembered for his seven-point agenda which he piloted alongside his vice president towards the betterment of the country.
The agenda of his government was based on Power and Energy, Transportation, Land reforms, Security, Education, Food security and Wealth creation.
2. Amnesty and Rehabilitation Programme
Yar'adua administration founded amnesty programme for Niger Delta agitators who claimed they have been allegedly neglected by the government. The militants used the platform of peace created by Yar’adua to surrender their arms.
3. Assets Declaration
Arguably, Yar'adua is the first president to declare his assets, opening the doors of responsible and responsive leadership for those coming behind.
The former president, in line with the law, declared assets of ₦856,452,892 (US$5.8 million) in assets, ₦19 million ($0.1 million) of which belonged to his wife, and ₦88,793,269.77 ($0.5 million) in liabilities.
4. Rule of Law Legacies
He set his admiration on the thoroughfare of political fairness which gave the judiciary the free will and freedom to operate without the intervention of the executive arm.
Under him, his party, PDP, lost Edo, Ondo, and Osun to the opposition through the judiciary process.
5. Expansion of Kubwa and Airport Expressways
Yar'adua government mobilised funds for the expansion of Kubwa and Airport Expressways, though he could not complete it. His predecessor Goodluck Jonathan finished the project.
6. Dredging of River Niger
Although the project was later abandoned after his death, Yar'adua administration initiated the dredging of River Niger which is important in the economy of the country having linked the north of the country to the west.
7. Separation of power
His three years as the president of the country brought a smooth running between all tiers of government.
The executive and the legislative arms pursed the same affair and there was a collective mutual interest in the ruling of the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that in a captivating and touching post on Facebook, former president Goodluck Jonathan has described his predecessor Yar’Adua as a president like no other who lived and died for the sake of Nigeria.
Jonathan's post came ten years after the death of the former president. The ex-president described Yar'Adua as someone who stood on the side of the people, and who toiled day and night to make Nigerians live better.
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