Politician and member of the People's Democratic Party who was the President of Nigeria and the thirteenth Head of State from 2007 to 2010. He had previously served as governor of Katsina State in northern Nigeria for eight years.
He was known for his relatively spotless record and earned his degrees in Zaria in the sciences.
His tribute was written by Wole Soyinka, a Nigerian Nobel Prize-winning writer.
He worked at Holy Child College and lectured at several universities before becoming involved in politics through the People's Redemption Party.
He had seven children with his first wife, Turai Umaru Yar'Adua, and he later remarried Hauwa Umar Radda, with whom he raised two children.