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My husband by no means wished to be president – Yar’Adua’s widow, Turai

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The previous First Woman made the disclosure throughout a particular interview with the BBC Hausa Service on the event of the thirteenth loss of life anniversary of the late president.

Yar’Adua died on Might 5, 2010, about three years into his reign as Nigeria’s thirteenth president. The election that introduced him to energy in 2007 was dubbed probably the most controversial within the democratic historical past of the nation and even he admitted as a lot himself.

It was extensively believed on the time that his predecessor, President Olusegun Obasanjo, single-handedly selected Yar’Adua to succeed him and he pulled all of the stops to make sure his emergence.


Now, Turai has confirmed that notion by revealing that her husband by no means appreciated politics and by no means wished to be president.

Yar’Adua got here from a household with a wealthy political background as his father, Musa Yar’Adua, was a First Republic Federal Minister and a political powerbroker whereas his youthful brother, Abdul’aziz Yar’Adua, is a senator-elect in Katsina State.

However surprisingly, his widow mentioned the late President solely grew to become a politician accidentally as he by no means wished to hitch politics and the presidency solely fell into his lap as predestined.

Turai mentioned, “All his life, all he ever wished was to be a instructor, come dwelling from college, sit together with his household, and crack jokes until nightfall. He wished no politics or governance however as Allah wills, he joined politics and have become the president.

On how she has been coping with the absence of her husband, particularly on the anniversaries of his loss of life, she mentioned: “I take into consideration Yar’Adua daily, and it’s the identical for me, anniversary or no anniversary – I take into consideration him and miss him each single day.


“However I’m pleased on such anniversary days as a result of the nation talks about him, and other people throughout the nation come collectively to say good issues about him and pray for him. That really gladdens my coronary heart”.

Recalling the day he died, Turai narrates, “After he fell sick, I began fasting daily, and on that devoted Might 5, 2010, at about iftaar time, I held his palms and advised him, I’m stepping out for iftar and he nodded.

“A couple of minutes into my iftaar someplace shut, I used to be referred to as again and I got here again and met him gone. I nonetheless suppose I shouldn’t have gone for that iftaar. I ought to have stayed.

“However I thank the Almighty Allah for honouring me with Yar’Adua as a husband. It’s the greatest privilege of my life and I’m ceaselessly grateful to have spent an inexpensive a part of my life with this honourable man.

“Yar’Adua is a quite simple man. He’s humble and right down to earth; he virtually doesn’t care about consolation or luxurious. Whilst a governor, I keep in mind he wore a selected wristwatch for months till the leather-based of the watch tore up. Yar’Adua is like that.


“He’s an excellent household man and he treats me and the kids like royalties. I keep in mind my first journey after his loss of life. I received to my vacation spot and saved gazing my telephone however there was no name from him or anybody to ask how I landed. I cried no finish that evening,” the widow defined.

On the household’s relationship together with his political associates and mates after his loss of life, Turai mentioned, “I’ve a really cordial relationship with all of them; there isn’t any downside in any respect. We hardly meet however after we do, we joke and respect one another loads.”

“When some individuals realised how good my husband was and the way a lot he wished to develop the nation, they made me the scapegoat of the administration. Even when he was sick, I used to be attacked and all kinds of lies had been mentioned about me.

“Solely a spouse can inform her husband the reality; most individuals across the President inform him what he desires to listen to. As a spouse, first girl, and mom of the nation, it’s important to maintain your husband on the trail of improvement, progress, and selfless sacrifice,” she concluded.


Pulse reviews that Yar’Adua ruled Katsina State between 1999 and 2007 and was the primary governor to publicly declare his property.