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Shehu Musa Yar'Adua: A Biography

Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Foundation
Shehu Musa Yar'Adua: A Biography
ISBN: 978-978806-936-2
2004/332 pages
Distributed for the Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Foundation

"Shehu Musa Yar'Adua is essential reading for anyone concerned with the unfolding of Nigerian political life since independence.... well researched, balanced, and well written."—John N. Paden, George Mason University

"A refreshing account of the life and times of one of the most illustrious personalities of contemporary Nigeria.... It is a significant addition to the growing literature on Nigerian contemporary history and politics, and must reading for all categories of readers, especially the stakeholders in the Nigerian project."—Attahiru M. Jega, Centre for Democratic Research and Training, Bayero University

"This book is not just a biography of Tafida; it is the history of military rule and misrule in Nigeria.... Although Yar'Adua did not live to see the fulfillment of his ambition to build bridges to the future, time has proved him right, and that is his most important legacy."—Isma'il Babatunde Jose, former chairman, Daily Times


Shehu Musa Yar'Adua was a first-hand participant in some of Nigeria's most pivotal moments since independence. This book, set against the backdrop of Nigerian history, tells the inside story of Yar'Adua's life and his vision for his country. Tracing events from Yar'Adua's childhood to his unexplained death in prison during General Abacha's regime—and rich with previously unavailable informationthe book offers a unique picture of where Nigeria has been, and perhaps a blueprint of where it is heading.

Shehu Musa Yar'Adua was commissioned by the Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Foundation and edited by Jacqueline W. Farris (formerly on the staff of Ambassador Andrew Young and now director general of the Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Foundation) and Mohammed Bomoi (former editor of the Sunday New Nigerian and general editor of Citizen magazine).