The wife of the former President maintain, that Nigeria would have been much better if the late President had finished his tenure.
On 24 February 2010, Yar’Adua returned to Abuja under the cover of darkness. His state of health was unclear, but there was speculation that he was still on a life support machine.
Various political and religious figures in Nigeria had visited him during his illness saying he would make a recovery.
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But Yar’Adua died on 5 May at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa.
Turai however said the lingering sickness eventually terminated his vision-driven life.
The situation in Nigeria would have been better had my husband, the late President, survived his ailment because he was a focused, committed and determined leader.
Although my husband was sick for a long time, he did his very best for Nigeria. Also as governor of Katsina State, he did his best for the state; he is an honest man who believed in service.
Narrating her husband’s humility, she said he once told her that his relatives would quarrel with her after his death as they would think that he had left so much money.
Speaking at a recent memorial lecture in honour of the late President in Katsina, the former First Lady, also said;
The late Yar’Adua was not a materialist leader who believed in accumulating wealth. In fact, he shunned material things as his slogan was service to humanity.
There was a time he said to me: ‘Turai, I pity you because when I die you will have quarrels with my relatives because they will think I have so much money in my possession’.
There was a time I approached him that people are complaining that the government was slow. But he said to me, ‘people can say whatever they like but I will not give out contract if I have no money to pay’.
The late Umaru was a kind of leader that would go out and monitor projects. I could recall when I used to join him to supervise hospital and road projects.