BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

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H.E. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR
Chairman

H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, was elected President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1999 and re-elected in 2003. Born in Abeokuta, Ogun State on March 5, 1937, he was commissioned into the Nigerian Army in 1959. In January 1970, as General Officer Commanding, he led the Third Marine Commando Division that ended the Nigerian Civil War and accepted the surrender of Biafran forces. Read More

 
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H.E. Atiku Abubakar, GCON
Vice Chairman

H.E. Atiku Abubakar (Turakin Adamawa), GCON, was elected Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1999 and re-elected in 2003. Born in Jada, Adamawa State, on November 25, 1946, Atiku Abubakar attended Ahmadu Bello University, graduating in 1969 with a Diploma in Law. The former Vice President enlisted in the Nigerian Customs and Excise Service, retiring in 1989 at the rank of Deputy Director. Read More

 
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Hajia Binta Yar’Adua
Trustee

Hajia Binta Yar’Adua is the widow of late Shehu Musa Yar'Adua. They married on December 27, 1965 after her graduation from Queen Elizabeth Secondary School, Ilorin, Kwara State. In addition to Hajia Binta's active participation in guiding Yar’Adua Foundation programmes, she devotes herself to religious and charity work in Kaduna and Katsina States.

 
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Lt. General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau, Rtd.
Trustee

Lt. General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau (Rtd.) served as Nigeria's Minister of Defence and National Security Advisor during the Obasanjo Yar'Adua and Jonathan Administrations. General Aliyu was Commander of the 9th Infantry Brigade, Abeokuta April 1976-July 1978, Adjutant General of the 2nd Mechanized Division July 1978-September 1979 and Director of Personnel Services...Read More

 
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Alh. (Dr.) Umaru Mutallab, CON
Trustee

Dr Umaru Mutallab is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered and Certified Accountants (FCCA); Fellow, Institute of Chattered Acountants of Nigeria (FCA); Fellow, Institute of the International Bankers Association of the United States (FIBA) and Fellow, Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. Dr. Mutallab served as Federal Commissioner Economic Development in 1975. He was former Vice Chairman, United Bank for Africa 1978-1988 Read More

 
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Mr. Yomi Edu
Trustee

Mr Yomi Edu is a qualified Insurance Broker and Attorney, receiving his LLB, Barrister at Law, from the University of Buckingham, England in 1989. He has served on various boards including the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank, African Alliance Insurance Company, Kewalrams Nigeria Limited and Afcot Nigeria Limited. He was appointed Federal Minister for Special Duties in the Obasanjo Administration from 1999 to 2003. Read More

 
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Mr. Akin Kekere-Ekun
Trustee

Mr. Akin Kekere-Ekun serves as Director, Africapital Management Limited, an institution that provides financial and investment advisory services to a diversified client base including corporations, financial institutions, governments, state owned enterprises and high-net worth individuals. Mr. Kekere-Ekun is the former Managing Director, Habib Nigeria Bank Limited and former Chairman, Technical Committee. Read More

 
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Chief Dubem Onyia
Trustee

Chief Dubem Onyia was elected Member of the House of Representatives in 1999 and resigned to serve as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs from 1999 to 2003. During the period he was also appointed Chairman, International Technical Commission for the National Boundary Commission; Chairman, Nigeria Economic Joint Commission and Chairman Sao Tome and Principe Joint Boundary Commission. Read More

 
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Mallam Murtala Yar’Adua
Treasurer

Mallam Murtala Yar’Adua is the eldest son of Shehu Yar’Adua and served as Minister of State, Defence during the Goodluck Administration. He attended Southeastern University, London, England from 1994-1997 and holds a B.Sc. Degree in Business Management and an MBA in Financial Management. He serves as Director of Hamada Holdings Nigeria Ltd, Kaduna and Nation House Press, Kaduna. Read More

 
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Mrs. Jacqueline Farris
Director General

Mrs. Jacqueline Farris has served as Director General of the Yar’Adua Foundation since its inception in 1998. Born in Panama City, Florida, U.S.A, she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Urban Development from Michigan State University in 1977, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Mrs. Farris was first employed as a Legislative Staff in the Office of Congressman Andrew Young in Washington, D.C. Read More