Once upon a time, there lived a one-time “reckoning power and a dynamic gentleman” who had lived for only 54 years on earth until life was sniffed out of him at the most deserved time of service to the Nation and family development. His mates and contemporaries are 74years old today, i.e for those that are lucky to be living today.
Life is all about evolution as what looks like a mistake to others is a milestone to others – A Mentor! A Strategist! A Force!
Late Tafida’s greatest weapon is his patience, resilience and ability of being a good and careful listener. Records have it that good listeners of the likes of Tafida are intelligent and fantastic Chess players. Amongst leaders with such attributes are Bill Clinton, Vladimir Putin, Late Alex Ekueme, Yemi Osinbajo etc.
Late Gen. Shehu Musa Yar’Aduacan only be compared with warriors who devoted their time and strength in quality leadership in inspiring others to greatness. Simple case studies can be learned by people of like minds as the Late General in terms of sacrifice towards ensuring people benefit and lives made better:
a) Shaka the King of Zulu fought his war and left behind history of liberating his people.
b) Nelson Mandela (Madiba) of South Africa faced apartheid and after 27 years of in castration, gained his freedom and liberated his people from the shackle of imperialism. His name was written in Gold. He broke the greatest myth and jinx by serving only one term.
c) Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan and the first democratically elected female leader of a Muslim country was assassinated in the course of her struggle for the Pakistani people. A woman with democratic credentials, zeal and leadership stride.
d) A fiction in line of the true life story by Spartan called “300 – Rise of an Empire”. He grew and fought with his life to ensure the freedom of his people.
e) Yasser Arafat of the Palestine with strong believes without any arm but to create a State of Palestine in the Middle East for the sake of his people.
These are few case studies of past astute leaders which can be compared with the struggle of Late Gen. Shehu Musa Yar’Adua.
Tafida Katsina lived and struggled on the principles of what he truly believed on and he never minded the obstacles and barriers along the line to his dream. He never had a second thought of timings (day or night); he goes after his goals and objectives with a clear setting of mission and vision. He was a man with an impeccable sense of occasion. From all dimensions, his impact across the bridges he had built will continue to manifest in the society.
Twenty (20) years are gone like a day dream as most of the disciples and team players of Late Tafida are gradually joining him or battling through thin red line to make a difference in Nigerian system and amidst political upheavals.
We never prayed for a situation where those of us living will look backwards and say how we wished we were opportune to have vacated the world as witnessed by certain acrimonies being filtered to think of Nigeria not remaining one single entity.
“Nigeria we hail Thee, our own dear Native Land …..in Brotherhood we Stand….”
The best we can offer is to sustain our prayers for the soul of Late Gen. Shehu Musa Yar’Adua and all those that fought with their lives to ensure the unity in diversity of Nigeria to rest forever in peace.
To the greatest wonders of Almighty Allah, the aged mother of Late Gen. Shehu Musa Yar’Adua – Dada is still alive approaching her 100 years on earth, while his esteemed beloved homely wife, Hajiya Binta SM Yar’Adua clocks 70 years and the youngest child of the nine (9)children Tafida left behind is 30years today. O Allah the One and Only!
This 20th commemoration day which falls on Friday, 8th December 2017, may please be rounded off with a special prayer to be said at the Friday congregation at the Central Mosque, Abuja on which late Tafida stood firm to build and ensured its successful completion for all and sundry. Alhamdulillah!
May the Almighty Allah grant the family of Late Gen. Shehu Musa Yar’Adua the benefits of what he lived and died for, Ameeen.
Fondly remembered by: Alhaji Mohammed Garba Potiskum