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Date: 2010-09-14 04:49:21
Yar’Adua, A Chemist Goes Home

Yar’Adua, A Chemist Goes Home
ADIEU, YAR’ADUA (1951-2010)
The Governing Council, Management, Staff and the entire membership of ICCON received with utmost shock the news of the demise of one of their Fellows, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, GCFR, FICCON. 

President Yar’Adua passed on in the late hours of Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at Aso villa, Abuja. He was a seasoned and renowned Chemist who brought to bear in governance the sterling and analytical mind of a professional Chemist.

Late President Yar’Adua made a mark in the academia as a lecturer and ventured into politics where he became two times Governor of Katsina State (1999-2007). He was later elected the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2007 where he served until his death.

The late President was honoured on May 13, 2008 by ICCON for his distinction in both academic and political careers. In an epoch making event, the leadership of the Institute, Chieftains of the Chemistry profession gathered together and bestowed on him a Fellowship of the Institute.

He would be remembered for bringing transparency, honesty, due process and rule of law into governance. As a Chemist with a result oriented and analytical mind, he drew up a Vision20:2020 project as a vehicle of national development powered by a comprehensive 7-Point Agenda to cover the areas of POWER, SECURITY, FOOD SECURITY, EDUCATION, WEALTH CREATION, NIGER DELTA DEVELOPMENT, and TRANSPORTATION.

Yar’Adua’s respect for the chemistry profession could be found in his speech during his investiture as a Fellow of ICCON- “I assure you that in bringing my experience and my training to bear on my conduct in the discharge of my responsibilities in office, the discipline of Chemistry really drives my inner conviction and inspiration. I also want to assure you that I feel extremely proud and fulfilled to have studied chemistry. If there is one thing which I miss most throughout my life, it is the laboratory! And if there is a group of people or professionals who I truly envy today, it is you (Chemists) who are in tune with nature and creation, in search of truth and in concert with truth in all you do, living your life in a discipline (chemistry) that gives no room for deception or insincerity”.

The late President died at 58 after an unsuccessful battle with cancer of the lungs termed pericarditis. To accord the late President and guru of the Chemistry Profession the honour that he deserves, the President and Chairman of ICCON Governing Council, Prof. Abdullahi. Zuru attended the final burial rites in Katsina on Thursday May 6, 2010. He also ordered the placement of obituary advert by ICCON in the media to salute the icon of Chemistry. Eulogies were also accorded on the late President by members of the ICCON Governing Council during its 19th meeting held from 25th - 27th May, 2010. He was unarguably described as a true ambassador of the Chemistry Profession. In this light, a minute silence was observed in honour of his departed soul.

As a follow up, Prof. Zuru led a delegation of ICCON, to pay a condolence visit to the former First Lady, Hajia Turai Yar’Adua and the family of the late President on Thursday May 10, 2010 during the 40 days Fridau prayers in accordance with Islamic burial rites. At the occasion, Prof. Zuru said the loss was no less painful to the Institute as his immediate family members. Responding, Hajia Turai thanked ICCON for identifying with their professional colleague even at death. Also, the condolence register was signed and condolence cards presented.

He was a thorough professional, a patriot and a successful family man. ICCON salutes your legacies. Adieu, our Fellow- May your soul rest in peace- Amen. 
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