To commemorate the 15th year anniversary of his death on December 8, 1997, the Board of Trustees of the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation will host the Second Annual Memorial Lecture in honour of late Shehu Yar’Adua on Saturday December 8, 2012 at the Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja under the Chairmanship of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.
The theme of this year’s lecture is Rebuilding Public Education as a Bridge to Nigeria’s Future. An illustrated biography of late Tafida titled, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua: Neither North Nor South, East Nor West, One Nigeria will be presented at the occasion.
Published by Mockingbird Books, this simple yet poignant story will serve as an educational tool for primary school students throughout the country. It tells the story of a man who stood in the forefront of those demanding a timely handover to democratically elected government; a man who traversed the nation building bridges of peace, understanding and unity which he prized as the hope for this nation.
In addition to Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, expected dignitaries at the occasion include former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who will deliver the lecture and former Senate President Ken Nnamani who will serve as Special Guest of Honour. Former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will serve as Chief Launcher while Chief Tony Anenih is Chairman of the Memorial Lecture Steering Committee. Mrs. Lola Shoneyin, winner of the 2011 ANA Prize for Children’s Literature will review the book.
Through its numerous programmes and projects, the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation has continued to further the ideals of Shehu Yar’Adua; his commitment to national unity, good governance and to building a just and democratic society for all Nigerians.
Jacqueline W. Farris