Shehu Musa Yar'Adua

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Shehu Musa Yar'Adua
4th Vice President of Nigeria
President Olusegun Obasanjo
Preceded by Olusegun Obasanjo
Succeeded by Alex Ekwueme
Personal details
Born (1943-03-05)5 March 1943
Katsina, British Nigeria
Died 8 December 1997(1997-12-08) (aged 54)
Nationality Nigerian
Alma mater Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Religion Sunni Islam[1]
Military service
Service/branch Nigerian Army
Years of service 1961-1979
Rank Major General

Major General Shehu Musa Yar'Adua (March 5, 1943 – December 8, 1997) was a Nigerian businessman, soldier, and politician. His father, was a former Minister for Lagos from 1957 to 1966[2] during the First republic. His younger brother was the former Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua. Following his training at the Nigerian Military Training College in 1962 and subsequently at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Sandhurst, England, Yar'Adua participated in the Nigerian Civil War. When Olusegun Obasanjo was military head of state from 1976 until 1979, Yar'Adua was his Vice President. Yar'Adua also attended schools in Nigeria along with notable individuals such as Gen. Muhammed Buhari. Shehu Yaradua was also served as Transport minister in General Murtala Mohammad's regime.[3]

He was sentenced to life in prison by a military tribunal in 1995, after calling on the Nigerian military government of Gen. Sani Abacha and his Provisional Ruling Council to reestablish civilian rule. He died in captivity on 8 December 1997.

Yar'Adua's younger brother, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua became President of Nigeria in 2007.


  1. ^ Rowland Croucher. "John Mark Ministries | Nigeria: Muslim Muscle In The North". Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ Bayode Ogunmupe (2011). Nigerian Politics in the Age of Yar'Adua. Strategic Insight Publishing. p. 30. ISBN 9781908064011. 
  3. ^ Jacqueline W. Farris; Mohammed Bomoi (2004). Shehu Yaradua's "A life of service". Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Foundation. 

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