Major General Shehu Musa Yar'Adua (March 5, 1943 – December 8, 1997) was a Nigerianbusinessman, soldier, and politician. His father, was a former Minister for Lagos 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.
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.