Obasanjo, Saraki Pay Condolence Visit To Shagari’s Family

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Senate President, Bukola Saraki, have paid a condolence visit to the family of the late former President of Nigeria, Shehu Shagari in Sokoto State.

The visit comes three days after Shagari died at the National Hospital Abuja, the nation’s capital after a brief illness.

Obasanjo, who had earlier described the former leader as a man of honour and an achiever, sympathised with the Shagari family as well as the government and people of the state.

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Speaking at the Shagari residence, Obasanjo described the man to whom he handed over in 1979, as a leader who took decisions objectively in the best interests of the country.

According to him, Nigeria and indeed Africa have lost a leader who can never be replaced.

Prominent leaders that also visited the family include Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State and former Vice President Namadi Sambo.

Jonathan, Obi Pay Condolence Visit To Shagari’s Family

Former President Goodluck Jonathan and the Vice-Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party were among those who paid a condolence visit to the family of the late first executive President of Nigeria, Shehu Shagari, on Sunday.

Jonathan and Obi were received at the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport in Sokoto by the state Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, before proceeding to Shagari’s residence where many others had gathered to commiserate with the family.

At the residence, Jonathan described Shagari as a unifier.

“One thing unique about Shagari is that those who have interacted with him know that in spite of the serious positions he held, he was a very simple and humble man,” Jonathan said.

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Shagari had died on Friday, December 28, just over a year and one month after Alex Ekwueme who was vice president under him died.

For Peter Obi, Shagari’s decision to pick Ekwueme as his running mate is something that the people of the South-East will not forget.

He said, “Next year will be 40 years that Dr Alex Ekwueme was his vice president. Imagine what it is for us that for the past 40 years we’ve never had the opportunity of being part of the executive arm of government (in that capacity); and this (Shagari was the man who gave us the opportunity.

“Dr Ekwueme would always tell us that you need to work with somebody like Shagari to appreciate what leadership is all about.”

Shehu Shagari was Nigeria’s President from 1979 to 1983 when he was forced out of power by the military.

A teacher before going into politics, Shagari held many positions before becoming President.

Since his death tributes have continued to pour in with many praising him for his patriotism, humility, leadership and service to the nation.
He was 93.

Shehu Shagari: 8 Things To Remember About Late Ex-President Of Nigeria

 

Former president of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari died on Friday, December 28.

The former president passed on at the National Hospital Abuja, he was aged 93.
Shagari was born on February 25, 1925, he served as the first and only President of Nigeria’s Second Republic (1979–1983).

After his service as president after the handover of power by General Olusegun Obasanjo’s military government.

There were no details as to the cause of his death.

However, beyond details of his death, below are 8 very interesting facts to remember about the lives and times of the Turaki of the Fula Sokoto Caliphate.

1. Born in Shagari Village

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.

2. Minister and Commissioner Extra-Ordinaire

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.

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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.

3. Man of Many Titles

In 1962, Shagari was made the Turaki of the Fula Sokoto Caliphate by the Sultan of Sokoto Siddiq Abubakar III. Turaki is a title which translates to the officer at court, referring to the sultan’s court at the palace of Sokoto.

Beyond the Northwest, Shagari also holds the chieftaincy titles of the Ochiebuzo of Ogbaland, the Ezediale of Aboucha and the Baba Korede of Ado Ekiti.

4. The Teacher

Shehu Shagari matriculated at the Teachers Training College, in Zaria, Kaduna, between 1944 and 1952.

He was a visiting teacher between 1953-1958, Shagari got a job as a visiting teacher at Sokoto Province.

He was also a member of the Federal Scholarship Board from 1954-1958

5. Founding Memberof the National Peoples Party

Shehu Shagari was a founding member of the National People’s Party in 1978.

In 1979 he was chosen by the party as the presidential candidate for a general election that year, which he won becoming the president and head of state of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Shagari ran for a second four-year term in 1983 and won the general election.

6. Overthrown By Major General Muhammadu Buhari

Shagari won the 1979 election with the help of his campaign manager, Umaru Dikko.

The campaign had the support of many prominent politicians in the North and among southern minorities.

The party’s motto was “One Nation, One Destiny” and was seen as the party best representing Nigeria’s diversity.

However, on 31 December 1983, Shagari was overthrown by Major General Muhammadu Buhari.

7. Father of Many Children

Shagari married three wives: Amina, Aishatu, Hadiza Shagari. He has many children.

However, his most visible children are Captain Muhammad Bala Shagari Rtd. and Aminu Shehu Shagari.

On 24 August 2001, his wife, Aisha Shagari, died in a London hospital from a brief illness.

8. Industrial Reformer

Shagari is reported to have made Housing, Industries, Transportation and Agriculture as the major goals of his administration during the oil boom.

In transportation, he launched some road networks across the country and initiated a program to foster the use of mechanical machinery in farming. It favored large-scale farmers in order to produce mass products.

He is also credited with creating a low-cost housing scheme.

With the oil revenue, Shagari finished building the Kaduna refinery in 1980 which started operations same year.

Also with the oil revenue, Shagari concluded the construction of an additional steel plant and three rolling mills at Ajaokuta, Nigeria.

Shagari completed the Delta Steel complex in 1982.

In 1983 he created the Aluminum Smelter Company of Nigeria at Ikot Abasi, Nigeria.

However, Shagari reduced the share of oil royalties and rents to state of origin from 30 to 2 percent.

Shagari’s government also embarked on a “Green Revolution”, distributing seed and fertilizer to farmers to increase nationwide productivity in farming.

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.