First Executive President Of Nigeria, Shehu Shagari Dies At 93

 

Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, GCFR a Second Republic President, is dead.

Shagari reportedly died at the National Hospital Abuja on Friday after a brief illness.

The former president died at the age of 93.

His demise was announced on Twitter by both the governor of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwa and the former president’s grandson, Bello Shagari.

The governor wrote: “I regret to announce the death of former President Shagari who just passed away at National Hospital Abuja.”

Similarly, Bello wrote, ”I regret announcing the death of my grandfather, H.E Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who died right now after brief illness at the National Hospital, Abuja.”

Reacting to his death, President Muhammadu Buhari and Ex-ruler, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida have expressed sadness at the passing away of the Elder statesman.

In his message, President Buhari described Shagari as an unparalleled patriotic leader.

Similarly, a former military ruler, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida has said Nigeria and Africa as a whole have lost a great leader.

IBB said Shagari will be remembered for his tolerance and politics of peace without bitterness.

He described Shagari as a statesman and democrat full of wisdom, counsel, honesty, and transparency.

Brief Bio

Shagari was born in the northern Shagari village founded by his great-grandfather, Ahmadu Rufa’i, who was also the Village Head and took the name Shagari as his family name.

With his great wealth of experience in service, Shagari served seven times in a ministerial or cabinet post as a federal minister and as federal commissioner from 1958–1975.

In 1954 Shagari was elected into his first public office as a member of the federal House of Representative for Sokoto west. In 1958, Shagari was appointed as parliamentary secretary (he left the post in 1959) to the Nigerian Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and that year he also served as the Federal Minister for Commerce and Industries.

From 1959-1960, Shagari was redeployed to the ministry for economic development, as the Federal Minister for Economic Development.

In 1960-1962, he was moved to the Pensions ministry as the Federal Minister for Pensions. From 1962-1965, Shagari was made the Federal minister for internal affairs. From 1965 up until the first military coup in January 1966, Shagari was the Federal Minister for works.

In 1967 he was appointed as the secretary for Sokoto province education development fund. From 1968-1969, Shagari was given a state position in the North Western State as commissioner for establishments.

After the Nigerian civil war, from 1970-1971, Shagari was appointed by the military head of state General Yakubu Gowon as the federal commissioner for economic development, rehabilitation, and reconstruction.

From 1971-75 he served as the Federal commissioner (a position now called minister) of finance. During his tenure as the commissioner of finance for Nigeria, Shagari was also a governor for the World Bank and a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) committee of twenty.

Army Recovers 192 Cattle From Rustlers In Niger

cattle rustlers-ArmyThe 31 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Minna, Niger State, says it has dislodged cattle rustlers camp in Bagabaga village, located within Alawa forest, Rafi Local Government in the state, recovering 100 cows and 92 sheep.

According to a statement from the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations of the Nigerian Army, Captain Njideka Agwu, the operation was led by the Brigade Task Force Commander, Lt Col. Dzarma Zirkushu. Other items recovered include 70 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 19 cartridges of double barrel, one locally made revolver pistol, one empty AK-47 magazine, three handsets and a motorcycle.

Mrs Agwu said that Army authorities had handed over the livestock to the Chairman of the Local Government Council, in the presence of the DSS officer in charge of the council, Mr Barnabas Idzi, the representative of the Nigerian Police, Mr Lawal Yinusa and District Head Alawa, Alhaji Shehu Adamu Gajere.

She added that the aim of the operation was to get rid of banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities in the area, warning that the Brigade, under the leadership of Brigadier General Baba Ibrahim, would not tolerate criminal acts in the area.

“I want to categorically state that the Brigade will not condone any form of banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping, rape or any form of criminality in its area of responsibility,” she said.

The Army spokesperson admonished members of the public to go about their normal business without fear of intimidation and also called on any person with useful information to report to the nearest security agency.

Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner in Niger State, Abubakar Marafa, has said that since his arrival in the last two months, there had been no single case of cattle rustling in any part of the state, while cases of kidnapping have reduced to the barest minimum.

He also said that he had warned cattle rustlers, kidnappers, armed robbers and other sundry criminals to leave Niger State, vowing that he was prepared to take the battle to their hideouts across the forest areas of the state.