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Yar'adua And The Lesson Of History by hatch: 8:28pm On May 06, 2010
Lagos, Nigeria (Haaba) - As flags flutter at half mast following the death of Nigeria's former president, late Musa Yar'adua, the events leading to his demise speak volumes in terms of impact and lessons for the country.

The death of Yar'Adua reminds one of the tragic event of 1998 when the then maximum leader, Sani Abacha, died in office. Dying in office as Nigeria's number one citizen is not new. Before Abacha, Aguiyi Ironsi and Muritala Mohammed also passed on from the exalted position. While the first two were assassinated, the last two died of natural causes. While Sani Abacha died in his bid for self-succession, the latest died clutching at political power at the expense of his health.

Before yesterday's death, Africa’s foremost dramatist, Wole Soyinka, made a serious and disconcerting allegation about Yar’Adua's wife. The nobel laureate called for criminal proceedings against Turai Yar’Adua for kidnapping and abusing the ailing president. The dramatist as well as well-meaning Nigerians advised Yar'Adua to resign his office on health grounds. In spite of various local and international calls for his resignation, Yar'Adua and his litany of advisers remained defiant and were bent on his retaining the 'presidential' title without discharging the duties of office. Yar'Adua rather preferred to listen to sycophantic cabals trumpeting the need for him to clutch at power at the expense of his health.

This became glaring when the defunct Minister of Justice, Michael Aondoakaa, proclaimed to a surprised world that incapacitated Yar'Adua can rule from the sick bed! The willy-nilly attachment to Aso Rock has spelled terrible consequences for the victim. Common sense dictates that the late president should have taken a cue from the misadventures of a sit-tight ruler like late Sani Abacha. Analysts say if Yar'Adua had good advisers, he should have become another Abdulsalami Abubakar who left the stage when the ovation was loudest.

The sagging honour of Yar'Adua became apparent when he was 'repatriated' in a hurried fashion from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Nigeria in the dead of the night on February 24,2010 after some 94 days in hospital. Dejected, sick and unrelenting, YarAdua lived "underground" in an ambulance for some days before his life support apartment was ready inside the Villa. There was perceived hidden agenda in his hurried return.

The late president was accused of high-handedness for not officially transferring his presidential powers to the vice president before travelling overseas to seek medical attention. This undemocratic attitude not only drew ire and strong criticisms from Nigerians but swayed whatever pity they should have had for the sick man to Jonathan


Re: Yar'adua And The Lesson Of History by rickie4us(m): 8:40pm On May 06, 2010
It may not have been YarAdua's fault that all these unfortunate events took place while he was incapacitated. The fault lies in the people around him who are hanging on to power by all means.
Well, he had to obey the ultimate call. I feel for his family that he has left behind. The way the whole event played out has made a lot of us to have mixed feelings.

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