SHEHU MUSA YAR’ ADUA’s LETTER …TO NIGERIAN POLITICIANS

Published:4 May, 2012

I was at the Shehu Musa Yar’ Adua Centre at Memorial Drive in Abuja on a private visit about one hour ago. Jacqueline Farris the Director General of the Foundation helped me around Shehu Musa Yar’ Adua’s history (and essentially that of Nigeria) as we looked through pictures, letters, videos, diaries and the many legacies of the Nigerian Nationalist. I took a lot from all I saw and heard Jackie say but this letter pictured below appeals to my own values as a person. I want every Nigerian to read it. We will learn different things from reading – just as it’d remain an ordinary collection of words to some others – but as for me, it again shows that as a people, we always had leaders and I believe as we go forward we must by ourselves become better people. You cannot be a good leader if you are not a good citizen. You cannot transform Nigeria if you cannot make change in your State.

Leadership is failing us today, read this letter and make up your mind about whether leadership will fail us tomorrow. The future of Nigeria depends on you, this particular reader. God bless and keep Nigeria, God bless the people helping to birth change in our country. It is a long road to peace and prosperity but if we keep moving forward, with belief, competence and passion, Nigeria will make it. It is a marathon not a sprint.

The Letter:

“My Dear Son,

…You see, Buhari, I am today in prison not because I want political power or to be president as most people think. I do what I do because I love you; because I don’t want my children to grow up in a country that has no future – a country that you cannot be proud of.

You see, my son, I believe a person is nothing if he has no pride in himself. I am aware you understand I am not talking about the pride of the ignorant. I am talking about the kind of pride that comes as a result of achievement and inner strength, the kind that makes its possessor humble.

I would not have achieved anything, if after I am gone, all I leave behind for you are empty houses and some bank accounts – for these are nothing – they can be acquired by any idiot.

I want to leave for you something you can be proud of. A legacy of public service and sacrifice which will influence our country for good. Which you will be proud to inherit and I which I will be proud to pass over…

I love you,

Daddy”

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  • muktar

    shehu was a leader dat i so admire, am ashamed of d nation as he envisage

  • ifeanyi oraelosi

    Mix Feelings after reading letter. A strong character that meant to lead but …….. Looking at his followership after his death-most became economic ‘terrorists’ to Nigerians,looting without control and with no regards for the development of the country. They formed the bulk of PDP at inception,and installed OBJ who did not truly help cage corruption. So maybe Yaradua failed to instil leadership qualities on his followers,or they knew something about him too that the rest of us missed.

  • Debo

    I weep for my naija after reading the letter. We have lost leadership, now ruled by thieves, and killers, who have no commitment whatsoever to the nation.

  • ArOo

    Hmmmm, although, I don’t know much about sheu musa yar’ adua. All I know about him is when he and OBJ kill FELA MAMA

  • Azubike Obi

    A few words from truly a leader, a precise and concise letter that can open up the mind of anybody that come across it about a genuine path in leadership. You (Shehu Musa Yar’Adua) live on through letters or speech like this.

  • iBRAHIM RABIU

    Shehu is great man and we wish pple like legacy and love for civil service

  • iBRAHIM RABIU

    Shehu is a great man and we wish pple like him with legacy and love for civil service

  • aminu almajir

    I agree with @omojuwa a must read for we all think along that line we surely will have a Nigeria we all can be proud of. I pray in the next election Nigerians will vote leaders not the emperors we have now, God bless Nigeria.

  • Sikiru Akeem Babatunde

    That was a legacy, what are you preparing to leave behind for unborn generation?

  • Labake

    Era of leaders with good consciousness of life after this world…. A gone era!!!

  • Basheer Gegu

    Yar’adua! A man with a vision, I am moved after reading the letter to his children while in prison

  • Abbdulaziz Saidu

    May your gentle soul rest in peace

  • Mahadi saddique

    A truly great leader,those are the kind of men nigeria really miss….rip Yar’adua both

  • Ibrahim Muhammad Kanya

    Yar’adua you are really a great man that we Nigerians will never forget, your letter is not for your children alone but to the entire country people, papa we missed you. Rest in peace

  • http://a.aminu@yahoo.com Sadiq aminu

    What an emotional write up

  • Muhammad B. Sani

    . . . Great & patriotic Leader. It was very unfortunate that you were not with us today. May your soul rest in Perfect Peace, Ameen.

  • Moh’d shafiu ibrahim Dankumbo

    Ofcourse, we missed a great and patriotic leader who always stand by every word he spoke. Yar’adua, a man with a virile thinking and vision for the future.

  • ogbonnia chibuzo

    Tafida’s letter to his son Buhari is very similar to Lincoln’s letter to his son. Both leaders stressed so much on what they believed, in their life time – character and selflessness, which to me is are dying values in our life time. His insistence on fighting for future generations, and not for his own personal gains is very symbolic – cos Abacha offered him everything he wanted to join the league of military apologists. Personally all these reinforces my utmost believe that Tafida’s ideals remains the blueprint of true democracy. The hallmark of his exemplary leadership was his avowed support of MKO, even when he prevailed on his own candidate (Atiku) to step down for MKO on the grounds that Atiku will be his running mate, which MKO later reneged on…..Unprecedented. May his gentle soul rest in peace, Amen.

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Some family members of the immediate past minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke have appealed to Nigerians, especially her critics to let her be. Mrs Allison-Madueke is said to be in a critical condition from an undisclosed ailment in a London hospital. “Our daughter has been in hospital where is receiving treatment for some weeks now. She is currently under close medical observation. We learnt that the observation means that she has been unable to see anyone outside...

Shocking !!! Baby Disappears During Naming Ceremony In Ogun State

An eight month old baby identified as Hezekiah Opeyemi Ogundele mysteriously disappeared during a naming ceremony held at Inuosegba community in Abeokuta Ogun state yesterday July 26th. According to The Nation, Hezekiah's brother had taken the baby to the naming ceremony and within minutes, the toddler disappeared. A search party was immediately formed but they were unable to find the baby. What they found instead was a building close to the venue of the ceremony where...

EFCC Arraigns Six Persons For N31m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, July 24, 2015, arraigned six persons before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja on a 17 count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing and forgery. The six accused persons – Festus Onile, Olawale Garuba, Abiodun Afainiya, Jayeola Afolabi David, Yewande Adeyemi and Adetoun Kammal, were arrested by the Commission sequel to a petition from a new generation bank which alleged fraudulent transfers and withdrawals of...

Hacker Shuts Down ‘New York Magazine’ Over Alleged Bill Cosby Cover Story

Shortly after New York Magazine unveiled its attention-grabbing Bill Cosby cover story entitled “Cosby: The Women,” from a painstaking result of six months of interviews and careful planning, their entire site was abruptly taken offline by an anonymous hacker. Soon afterwards, critics began pointing some accusing comments on Cosby, alleging his conivance with the hacker who took down the site. However, The hacker, known only as ThreatKing, said he did not care about Bill Cosby but hates the...

Admission Cut Off Marks: SERAP Sues JAMB, UNILAG

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project(SERAP) has dragged the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board and the University of Lagos to court over “outrageous cut-off marks decisions”. The organization is seeking an order stopping JAMB, UNILAG and others from implementing the decision. The suit number FHC/L/CS/1139/2015 filed today at the Federal High Court By Adetokunbo Mumuni on behalf of SERAP and three applicants affected by the cut-off marks decision, the Applicants contend that “the provisions of Section 5(1)(c)(iii) of the...

Bobbi Kristina Brown To Be Buried Next To Her Late Mom Whitney Houston This Week

Bobbi Kristina Brown lost her six month battle to live last night after she was found unresponsive in her bath tub at home. Family sources now say that the 22-year-old will be laid to rest in New Jersey, next to her beloved mother Whitney Houston. Her body will be flown to New Jersey following a funeral service in Atlanta so she can be laid to rest alongside the singer. Whitney Houston died in February 2012 and was buried...

Femi Adeshina : Now That The Phones Are Ringing……. By Sunday Osanyintuyi

As a trained journalist, I don't take lightly issues around my first constituency, media. I handle media issues and industry related matters with great passion. It is so because our positions and thoughts have immense impacts on nation building. Among the first news items and opinions read yesterday was an article by a senior colleague, Dr Reuben Abati, (Media & Publicity) assistant to the immediate past president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, PhD. Hear oga Reuben “As...

#AkwaIbom Election Tribunal: The 12 Weeks Show of Shame and Absurdity for The Forensics Exercise

It’s been court order after court order from Uyo to Abuja as the INEC Uyo team makes a mockery of the institution that the survival of our democracy is hinged upon. The Petitioner whose constitutional right it is to conduct a forensic examination on the election materials has spent 12 weeks on trying to conduct a simple exercise that should take 2 weeks maximum. It has been a cat and mouse game since May 15th 2015...

Plateau State Gov. Lalong Clears Salaries, Pension Arrears

The director general, Research, Strategic Planing and Documentation, to Plateau State government, Prof. John Wade has disclosed that in less that 60 days in office the administration of Mr. Simon Lalong, has hit the ground running by paying arrears of civil servants salaries and pension left by the immediate past administration of Jonah Jang . Prof. Wade who disclosed this in Jos yesterday said the state government has also held a stakeholder’s meeting between the Fulani...

Over 3000 People Paid N200k Each To Watch A Kim Kardashian Makeup Session

Over 3000 fans trooped out to witness a Kim kardashian makeup session and as you can guess, It is neither free nor cheap. They were all trying to look like her, with their fake tans, fake eyelashes, fake hair. This was their chance -- the hundreds of young women who had traveled from Ecuador, Sweden, Abu Dhabi -- to see Kim Kardashian, take a selfie with her, impress her: Kim Kardashian. Some of her...

Dear Obama, Gay Right Is Not an African Priority, By Dinah Adams

To the President of the United States of America, while you tour through our shores burdened with global issues of security/ terrorism, economy, health care and national ties; kindly note that gay right is the least of our problems. The Kenya you visited has been stricken by Al-Shabaab and is frankly strategising ways to eradicate the incursion these external insurgents. It is quite too serious an issue for the issue of accepting various sexual oriented clans...

Traditional Ruler Arrested Over The Murder of Alhaji Gay

The last has not been heard about the murder of Alhaji Olatunji Rasaq, alias Alaso (aka Alhaji Gay), who was killed few weeks back in Alagbado area of Lagos state. The arrested suspects includes the Baale of Temidire Alagbado, Chief Nojeem Abioye, his son, and nine others. They were arrested and detained over the weekend, and are still being interrogated at the State Department of Criminal Investigation and Intelligence, SDCII, Yaba. Alhaji Gay was murdered during a...

35 Of Bill Cosby’s Alleged Rape Victims Line Up For The First Time #Photo

  If Bill Cosby really raped all of these women and more, then something must have been wrong in that man's mind. Thirty-five of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual molestation victims have posed for a photograph on the front of the July 27 edition of New York magazine, giving their accounts of what happened to them at the hands of the now controversial "Cosby Show" star.

News Alert! WAEC To Withhold Students’ Results In 19 States Over N4b Debt

The West Africa Examinations Council, WAEC has threatened to withhold the results of students in 19 states that sat for the May/June 2015 WASSCE over nonpayment of candidates’ registration fees by their state governments. Speaking at its national office Yaba, some hours ago, the Head of National Office, HNO, Mr Charles Eguridu said: “The affected states should off-set the registration fees of their candidates as soon as possible, as we cannot guarantee that the...

2 Teenagers Stab Their Parents And 3 Siblings To Death

2 Oklahoma teenagers, 18 year old Robert Bever and his 16-year-old brother, Michael Bever, have been accused of stabbing and killing 5 family members. They were arrested after their 13-year-old sister who survived the attack identified them as the attackers in the Wednesday night massacre in Broken Arrow, OK. The news comes as it was revealed the one of the victims, 12-year-old Daniel, had...

“Why Islamic Scholars Are Silent On Boko Haram” – By Governor Shettima

The fight against Boko Haram cannot succeed unless leading Islamic scholars with mass followers come out of their silence to preach against the ideology from an intellectual perspective so as to change the narrative to discourage young men from being recruited by the sect. Governor Kashim Shettima whose state, Borno, has been at the centre of attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents has said. The governor said that notable Islamic scholars with the capacity to fight the ideology through...

We Maintain Our Stand On Homosexuality, It Is Wrong – Catholic Archbishop

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Cardinal John Onaiyekan today said the position of the Catholic Church in Nigeria against homosexuality remains the same.  Onaiyekan made this statement to journalists in Makurdi during his official visit to the Diocese of Makurdi today. “Unfortunately, we are living in a world where these things have now become quite acceptable but for the fact that they are acceptable doesn’t mean that they are right. The Catholic Church considers itself...

Nigerian Troops Gun Down Many Terrorists Along Maiduguri Road (VIEWER DISCRETION)

Nigerian troops have killed many terrorists during a recent combat operation along Dikwa-Maiduguri Road in Borno State. General Buratai while renaming the counter-insurgency operation to “Operaton Zaman Lafiya Dole,” had urged the troops not to wait for Boko Haram to attack but to take the battle to the insurgents’ hideout.   This development according to the...

President Buhari’s Trip To The US Was Fruitless – Olisa Metuh

PDP is still very much at it with APC and shamefully we must say we love the ‘fight’. Lol. Please read what the party has to say about the president’s visit to the US. Culled from Punch; Precisely 59 days after President Muhammadu Buhari assumed power, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday listed many ‘sins’ the Federal Government under the President had committed and said Buhari’s government lacked direction. Among the sins of...

Reality Star Coco Austin Is Expecting Her First Child With Ice T

Glamour model Coco Austin is pregnant and expecting her first child with husband of 15 years, Ice-T. Ice-T already has 2 kids from a previous relationship and a 20-year-old grandson, but Coco always wanted a kid and her prayers have been answered after 12 years of marriage. No word yet on how far along she is or the gender of the baby. Congrats to the couple.

President Buhari To Split NNPC Into Two Entities

President Muhammadu Buhari plans to split Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) into two entities, his spokesman said. He has said his government will trace and recover what he called "mind-boggling" sums of money stolen from the oil sector. "Mr President will soon split the NNPC into two entities. One will be an independent regulator and the other one an investor vehicle," said spokesman Femi Adesina, who did not a provide a timeframe for...

NUC: Online Degrees Accreditation By Sadiq Abubakar Gulma

The National Universities Commission (NUC) recently announced Nigeria will not be accepting online degrees, “yet”. Unfortunately there wasn't much reason given as to why they took the stance and nothing was mentioned of what they are doing to start ensuring Nigeria accepts it. Highly reputable schools around the world like University of Manchester, University of Florida, University of Liverpool, University of Birmingham and many others are offering quality online education that leads to students obtaining bachelor’s and...

Gigantic Statue Of Satan Erected Amid Protests (PHOTOS)

Hundreds of people attended Mass at a Detroit Catholic Church in protest of an 8.5-foot bronze statue of goat-headed Satan that hundreds came to see.  A group called the Satanic Temple unveiled the Baphomet statue during a private event on in a Detroit industrial building on Saturday, which people could attend starting at $25 dollars a ticket. https://twitter.com/_Beard_Life/status/625165391690661888/photo/1 Its location was kept secret by the group until the last minute to avoid public demonstrations planned for its unveiling....

Bobbi Kristina’s Boyfriend Nick Gordon ‘On Suicide Watch

Bobbi Kristina's longtime boyfriend Nick Gordon has been placed on 'suicide watch' by close family and friends who fear he'll take his own life now she's passed away. HollywoodLife.com exclusively reported Sunday night that Gordon, 25, is inconsolable over the death of the 22-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. 'He is out of control with regret and sadness. He keeps saying that if only had heard his voice, things would have been different....

‘He Knows She’s With Her Mother’- Say’s Bobby Brown

It was a painfully sad Sunday for Bobby Brown. The singer spent the morning sharing the news of his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown's death, age 22, with relatives and friends before the family released the news to the world. 'He is holding it together more than you'd expect,' a source told People of the grieving 46-year-old. 'He knew it was coming. Of course he's very emotional, but at the same time, he knows that Krissy is...

Kanye West Meets Caitlyn Jenner For The First Time

Kim Kardashian told Caitlyn Jenner she looked like 'Kendall's mom' the first time she met her following gender transition. The 34-year-old reality star was shocked by how thin her 65-year-old former stepfather looked on the debut episode of I Am Cait. Kim made the comment when she and her rapper husband Kanye West called in on the transgender celebrity at her Calabasas home. The...

Kylie Jenner Shows Off Her Legs In A Shorts Suit And Killer Heels

She did not exactly look the part of the average grease monkey, but Kylie Jenner still managed to fill up her car's gas tank on Sunday. The 17-year-old reality star seemed to be travelling on her own when she needed to make a pit stop for fuel in the Studio City neighbourhood of Los Angeles. Wearing clothes appropriate to meet her family for a play later, Kylie was clearly overdressed for a gas station. Kylie had her credit card in hand as...

What Obama Is Selling In Ethiopia

Barack Obama on Monday officially begins a two-day visit to Ethiopia, the first-ever trip by a US president to Africa's second-most populous nation and the seat of the African Union. Obama, who flew into a rainy Addis Ababa late on Sunday after a landmark trip to Kenya, his father's birthplace, is to hold talks with the Ethiopian government, a key strategic ally but much criticised for its record on democracy and human rights.

No Governor Got Bailout For Workers’ Salaries – Oshiomhole

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has said that none of the 36 state governors had received his state’s share of the N713.7bn bailout fund from the Federal Government. The fund is a relief to cash-strapped states, many of which owe workers salaries. Oshiomhole, who disclosed this to journalists shortly after a reception in honour of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, at Sabongida Ora, in Owan West Local Government Area of the state on...

Why I Am Keeping Quiet — Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has opted to remain silent despite the barrage of questions requiring answers from him by not just newsmen, but Nigerians in general on his handling of the nation’s affairs. Jonathan said he will, for now, rather remain silent. According to his spokesperson while in office, Dr Reuben Abati, the former president has asked him to tell those seeking to speak with him, especially newsmen that he is resting. In an...

No Peace Yet Until Dogara Cuts PDP Ties — APC Group

Some members of the All Progressives Congress’ faction in the House of Representatives known as the Loyalists Group on Sunday denied that the leadership tussle in the legislature was over, contrary to Saturday’s public announcement by key figures of the group. Rather, the lawmakers said there could only be “genuine agreement” on how to achieve peace in the House if the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, would sever his “unholy ties” with the Peoples Democratic Party members...

PDP Statements Sounds Like A Compendium Of Beer Parlor Gossips And Side Talks – APC

In response to the press release of the PDP on Sunday, APC has hit back at the opposition. The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the PDP as a party cannot provide any worthwhile opposition to the APC-led Federal Government if its spokesman continues to issue convoluted and fustian statements just so that he can be in the news. Today’s statement is the most tortuous yet by the PDP and, honestly, sounds more like a...

Snoop Dogg Arrested In Sweden!

Snoop was arrested in Sweden and he thinks his offense was DWB .. Driving While Black. Snoop says he was snatched out of his car Saturday and it was a clear case of racial profiling. Cops say they arrested Snoop because they thought he was driving under the influence of narcotics, but Snoop says he was taken to the station, forced to pee in a cup and police determined he was clean. The incident occurred...

Soyinka Is More Of A Successful Hunter Than A Political Critic- Obasanjo Re Echoes Opinion

Former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has repeated once again that Professor Wole Soyinka is more of a successful aparo (guinea fowl) hunter than a political critic. He repeated it on a programme tagged ‘Book Club’ on Channels. It will be recalled that in his book, My Watch, the former president had said; “For Wole, no one can be good, nor can anything be spot-on politically except that which emanates from him or is ordained...

Senate rule forgery: Buhari won’t stop trial of suspects – Presidency

The Presidency on Sunday said President Muhammadu Buhari would not stop the prosecution of anybody indicted in the report of the Nigeria Police on the forgery of the Senate Standing Order. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this on Sunday in an exclusive interview with one...

Bobbi Kristina Is Dead!

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter Bobbi Kristina has died at the age of 22. She passed away outside Atlanta in the hospice care facility where she's been since June 24 ... when her family decided to take her off all meds. As we first reported, a specialist had told them there was no chance of recovery. The family says Bobbi Kristina was surrounded by family and, "She is finally at peace in the arms of God." Bobbi Kristina...

Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina dies at 22

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of late superstar Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, died Sunday at the age of 22. According to a statement released by a representative of the Houston family, “Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away Sunday, July, 26 2015, surrounded...

Ebola: University Of Ilorin To Develop Ebola Vaccine

Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali says the school’s Ebola Research Committee is working assiduously to develop a vaccine for the Ebola virus. “What is happening is that the committee is just monitoring events; in terms of the vaccine, it will take a while because there are processes that you have to follow before you develop a vaccine,” Ambali disclosed in an interview on Sunday in Abuja. “For example, you have to isolate the virus;...

DSS Probe Of Rivers REC In Order – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has thrown its weight behind the current probe of the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mrs. Gesila Khan, by the Department of State Security (DSS). The party in a statement by the State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, berated the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for seeking to stop the DSS from carrying out its constitutional duties because of its well-known dalliance with Mrs. Khan. “By petitioning...

Register For Media Training Sessions At #Springboard2015 Lagos Edition

Courses include: Photography (Kelechi Amadi Obi), Videography & Lighting (Kemi Adetiba), Digital Media (Marcus Singleton), Social Media (Olaolu Ogundeji), Media Enterprise (Olajide Adediran) and Media Law (Genevieve Ike). Date: Monday 27th – Friday 31st July 2015. Venue: LCCI Conference Centre, 10, Nurudeen Olowopo Drive, Beside MKO Abiola Gardens,...

Official: Manchester United Make 5th Signing Of The Transfer Window

Manchester United have completed the signing of Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero. The Argentina international goalkeeper has signed a three-year contract, with the option of a fourth season, after leaving Sampdoria earlier this summer The 28-year-old joins United on a free transfer after leaving Sampdoria earlier this summer and has signed a three-year contract with the option of a fourth season. “I am absolutely delighted to...

‘Man Utd Need A Superstar… But It Won’t Be Ronaldo’ – Van Gaal

The Real Madrid superstar has been heavily linked with a return to Old Trafford in recent weeks but the Dutchman says such a swoop is unlikely, while seeking a 'creative' player   Louis van Gaal says Manchester United need to sign a world-class "creative" player, but insists that Cristiano Ronaldo will not join...