n African Renaissance - Deconstructing Umaru Yar'Adua

Volume 6 Number 3-4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Umaru Yar'Adua remains largely unknown despite occupying the most powerful position in Nigeria in the last two years. Relatively obscure before Obasanjo catapulted him into that position, his taciturn nature has led to several speculations about him and his idiosyncrasies. Who is really Umaru Yar'Adua? Is he an intensely insecure and diffident man as he sometimes comes across, or a very deep, thoughtful but simple Fulani man who has very little appetite for the flamboyant life style of his predecessor - as some of his supporters claim? Is the office of the presidency just too big for him or is he just a Fabianist, a slow starter, who believes in investing as much time as possible in planning and strategising before executing? Is Yar'Adua really a servant-leader, someone who was reluctantly thrust into the position he now occupies or a manipulative power hawk, who read Obasanjo very well and aptly positioned himself for the position he got?

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