Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Quotes, The 13th President of Nigeria

Compilation of 8 Umaru Musa Yar’Adua quotes.

Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was born on 16 August 1951 and passed away on 5 May 2010. He was a Nigerian politician who was the President of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010. 

He previously served as the governor of Katsina from 1999 to 2007 and was a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). 

Yar’Adua was elected governor of the state in 1999. He was the first governor to declare his assets publicly. Various developments occurred in the state under Yar’Adua’s administration. Katsina became the sixth state in northern Nigeria to implement Sharia, or Islamic law. Education was prioritized, and numerous schools were built in nearby local areas.

Yar’Adua also kept his pledge to operate an efficient government, with corruption drastically reduced. He was later re-elected for a second term in 2003.

Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Quotes

  1. “Let us join together to ease the pains of today while working for the gains of tomorrow.”

2. “The promise of independence is yet to be fully realized. This however does not diminish the value of freedom and the eternal significance of the sacrifice of those who suffered to make us free.”

3. “Let us set aside cynicism and strive for the good society that we know is within our reach. Let us discard the habit of low expectations of ourselves as well as of our leaders.”

4. “Let us stop justifying every shortcoming with that unacceptable phrase ‘the Nigerian Factor’ as if to be a Nigerian is to settle for less.”

5. “To fulfill our ambitions, all our leaders at all levels whether a local government councilor or state governor, senator or cabinet minister must change our style and our attitude. We must act at all times with humility, courage, and forthrightness.”

Umaru Musa Yar'Adua quotes

6. “Myself, the government and people of Nigeria are inspired by the United States of America’s achievement and the principles which guide it.”

7. “Our government is determined to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement agencies, especially the police. The state must fulfill its constitutional responsibility of protecting life and property.”

8. “Is it with respect to the reference point of American elections? Or is it with respect to the 1999 elections or is it in respect to the 1983 elections in Nigeria or to the 2003 elections? So when people make statements, or even organizations, or even the U.S. State Department, they should qualify such statements and we know the reference point from which they are making their statement against. Once you know the reference point, then it will actually make sense.”

My favorite Umaru Musa Yar’Adua quotes are, “Let us join together to ease the pains of today while working for the gains of tomorrow.” and “Let us stop justifying every shortcoming with that unacceptable phrase ‘the Nigerian Factor’ as if to be a Nigerian is to settle for less.”

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