I know the bashing of Yar'Adua may not end, especially for those who believe he never achieve ANYTHING. I wish our critics will contest and represent the people in government to provide the solution they crave for. All the same I produce below excerpts from Vanguard as tributes from NASS members to UMYA, which is instructive though may attract more bashing here. Nigeria, a funny country and its critics:
" In his tribute, the Senate President, Senator David Mark said the late Yar'Adua was a good, noble and humble' man who had "unfettered access to wealth yet did not plunder it. Not that he had so much in terms of personal wealth and acquisition, but because he had conquered greed and avarice."
Senator Mark said though the late President "wielded executive powers in all its trappings, yet he did not drink from the chalice of arrogance. He upheld the rule of law as a basis for human progress.
"He did not only restrain himself from directly interfering with activities of the National Assembly, he lived and acted within the ambit of the law. Indeed he would be remembered as one of the ardent apostles of the rule of law, equity and justice in our clime."
He, however, regretted that though the late President was a public figure, "the nation was not adequately informed about his health status. This unfortunately provided a fertile ground for mischief makers, rumour mongers and spin doctors of all kinds to feed the nation with fairy tales. For example, why was he taken from a hospital in Saudi Arabia to the state House when he had not fully recovered to resume duties?
Who were his medical doctors and handlers? Why were we not briefed on a regular basis on the status of his health? If I know the late Umaru Musa Yar'Adua very well, these controversies, questions and confusions are the exact opposite the late President would have wished.
"We were expectantly waiting for the resumption in office of our dear President having been assured at various times that he was recuperating, only to be confronted with the shocking news of his death. Clearly the Federal Government owes the nation an explanation on the shortcomings surrounding the management and handling of our late President when he took ill."
Speaking on his motion, the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekwerenmadu said: "President Yar'Adua will be remembered forever for so many reasons some of which are his zero tolerance for an unconstitutional access to power, his articulation and prosecution of the amnesty programme in the Niger Delta which is still confounding the world. His relationship with National Assembly was perfect, his seven-point agenda recorded more successes in the area of respect to the rule of law than any other.
"In spite of his enormous good will, the last days of President Yar'Adua were, to say the least controversial for no fault of his. His illness and hospitalization was badly managed by his aids and close associates."
Former Minister of Information, Senator Uche Chukwumerije said the good aspect of the late Yar'Adua's life was tainted by the "lack of political will to turn positive personal conviction into benchmark of public performances."
He said: "Indeed an evidence of sincerity of profession of personal honesty must include such a strong personal aversion to corruption that should propel a leader to wage ruthless consistent war against this best. Unfortunately, lack of political will compounded by failing health, foreclosed this line of action in Yar'Adua's Presidency."