History and Background

The Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation was established by the friends, family and associates of Shehu Yar’Adua to honour the legacy of one Nigeria’s foremost contemporary leaders and inspire future generations with his life of service. Through its facilities and programmes, the Foundation endeavours to further the ideals of Shehu Yar'Adua; his commitment to national unity, good governance and to building a just and democratic society for all Nigerians.

Shehu Musa Yar’Adua: 20 Years in Memoriam

The 20th anniversary of late Tafida’s passing was an opportunity to remember one of Nigeria’s foremost contemporary leaders who died in Abakiliki Prison on December 8, 1997.

The occasion was chaired by H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR. Tributes were offered by Major General Paul Tarfa (Rtd.), Mallam Adamu Ciroma, Mr. Kola Abiola and Ambassador Patrick Dele-Cole. H.E. Ernest Bai Koroma, former president, Sierra Leone served as Special Guest of Honour.


National Programmes of Commemoration (1999 - 2009)

From 1999 to 2009, the Foundation hosted personalities from around the globe who served as Special Guest of Honour at our Programme of Commemoration in honour of Shehu Musa Yar'Adua. This collection features photographs, lectures and tributes from distinguished national and international world leaders. More...


Merit Scholars

In 2005, the Yar’Adua Foundation initiated the Merit Scholars programme to improve the lives of talented youth by sponsoring their education. Scholars were chosen from different states across the country. Twenty of the twenty-four Merit Scholars have earned university degrees; four have been awarded scholarships for Master’s Degree and PhD programmes abroad and seven are employed.

Mustapha Gidado
Mustapha Gidado Kaduna State / AUN, Yola
BSc Petroleum Chemistry
Mary Amos
Mary Amos Ogun State / AUN, Yola
BA Int'l & Comparative Politics
Amina Abdulkadir
Amina Abdulkadir Katsina State / BUK, Kano
BSc Microbiology
Victory Friday Inyang
Victory Friday InyangAkwa Ibom State / AUN, Yola
BSc Environment & Health
Fiddausi Adamu
Fiddausi Adamu Kaduna State / UMYU, Katsina
BSc Mathematics
Onyinyechi Onuigbo
Onyinyechi Onuigbo Enugu State / AUN, Yola
BSc Petroleum Chemistry
Zainab Iliyasu
Zainab Iliyasu Federal Capital Territory / AUN, Yola
BSc Computer Science
Hassan Tajudeen
Hassan TajudeenFederal Capital Territory / AUN, Yola
BSc Petroleum Chemistry
Aisha Muhammad
Aisha Muhammad Kano State / BUK, Kano
BSc Microbiology
Aliyu Abubakar
Aliyu Abubakar Adamawa State / BUK, Kano
BSc Biology (Ed)
Hauwa Hashim
Hauwa HashimPlateau State / University of Jos
BSc Business Administration
Ibrahim Bawa
Ibrahim BawaPlateau State / University of Jos
BSc Microbiology
Chukwuma Onwujiuba
Chukwuma Onwujiuba Anambra State / AUN, Yola
BSc Petroleum Chemistry
Chidinma Ifekauche
Chidinma IfekaucheAnambra State / AUN, Yola
BSc Petroleum Chemistry
Destiny Enabulele
Destiny EnabuleleEdo State / AUN, Yola
BSc Business Administration
Uduak Usoro
Uduak Usoro Akwa-Ibom State / UNN
BSc Urban & Regional Planning
Aminu Yahaya
Aminu Yahaya Kano State / BUK, Kano
BSc Physics Education
Abdulsamad Adeleke
Abdulsamad AdelekeOgun State / BUK, Kano
Telecoms Engineering
Fatimah Rilwan
Fatimah RilwanNasarawa State / AUN, Yola
BSc Computer Science & Maths
Idris Umar
Idris UmarNasarawa State / AUN, Yola
BA Economics
Olutoyin Oluwajemilehin
Olutoyin Oluwajemilehin Ekiti State / AUN, Yola
BSc Journalism
Franklin Aziujali
Franklin AziujaliEnugu State / UNN
Electrical Engineering
Amira Jalo
Amira Jalo Adamawa State / UI
Guidance & Counseling
Mu'azu Haliru
Mu'azu Haliru Kaduna State

Charity Projects

Over the years, the Foundation has provided financial, medical and other forms of relief to the society. Beneficiaries include the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), public schools and charity organizations.

Yar’Adua Foundation staff donated food items including cartons of indomie, rice, beans, salt, cheese balls, omo, plates, cups, spoons, clothes, toiletries, and children’s toys including basketballs to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Karamajiji, Abuja camp during Ramadan 2016.
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani's 'Eye Witness' project transports children in rural areas to a world beyond their communities through educational TV and cartoon prorgammes. Many of the children who gather once a week to view films do not speak English or have never set foot outside...more
The Foundation shared fabrics and clothing items between three charities: Federation of Muslim Women’s Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN), a charitable organization supporting local and rural charities, Daughters of Mercy, Kubwa as well as a free treatment area for HIV/AIDS an...more
Over 1,000 books donated by the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation were distributed to schools and charity organizations including: the Yar’Adua Community Library in Lambar Zango, Kaduna; Reading Aid Writing (RAW) Initiative: an organisation that encourages literacy, sponsors local libraries and assists teachers in local...more
The Katsina Eye Centre was commissioned on November 3, 2011. Cataract surgeries and eye care were provided at no cost to men, women and children. The Yar’Adua Foundation was instrumental in establishing the partnership between the Katsina State Government and the Tulsi Chanrai Foundation...more
In an effort to combat desert encroachment, the Foundation planted 500 mango and guava seedlings in 20 secondary schools in the Malumfashi Local Government Area of Katsina State. Secondary school students were responsible for planting and nurturing the seedlings. The kick-off ceremony celebraed the day of the...more
The Foundation assisted an extended family near Funtua to receive 12 eye surgeries at a free Pediatric Surgical Eye Camp, Abuja organized by the Tulsi Chanrai Foundation (TCF)
Administration and Vocational Training Buildings as well as classrooms  at the Human Development Foundation of Nigeria (HDFN) Model School for Children in Difficult Circumstances...more
The Foundation sponsored eye surgeries at the National Eye Centre, Kaduna to remove cataracts from 13 afflicted children. Cataracts are readily treatable with a skilled microsurgical procedure...more
The Foundation renovated and refurbished the Jamiyar Matan Arewa orphanage in Kaduna. Electrical works and light fixtures as well as flooring and rugs were provided. The roof was repaired and the facility cleaned and painted. Mattresses, bedding, children's clothing and recreational items were also donated.
Contributions from supporters in 2005 inaugurated the Foundation’s Charity Project. Grains were distributed to the needy in Kaduna, Katsina and the Federal Capital Territory. Providing support to the underprivileged through identified charity projects is an established tradition of the Foundation

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