VIDEO: More Tributes For Shagari As Abdulsalami, Atiku Visit Family

 

More tributes have continued to pour in on late former President Shehu Shagari more than one week after his death.

Former Military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar are the latest to pay a condolence visit to the family house of the former president in Shagari town, Sokoto State.

After signing the condolence register on Saturday, both leaders described former President Shagari’s lifestyle and approach to governance as a legacy that the present generation of leaders should emulate.

They also described the late former Nigerian leader as one of those who strengthened democracy in the country and as such his death has become a national loss.

Addressing reporters, General Abdulsalami said the nation has lost a legend and a complete gentleman who believed in democracy.

Atiku, on his part, noted that Shagari’s government brought stability to the polity and appealed to all to emulate his virtues.

Responding on behalf of the family, late Shagari’s eldest son, Bala, said it was comforting for the family to hear the soothing words of those visiting to condole with them.

The highpoints of the visit are captured in the pictures below;

Shagari Was An Epitome Of High Moral Leadership – Ekwueme’s Family

 

The family of former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme (GCON), who passed on November 19, 2017, has sympathized with the family of the first Executive President of Nigeria, Shehu Shagari, who died on December 28, 2018.

In a statement issued on Saturday and signed by Ekwueme’s son, Goodheart Obi Ekwueme, the family extolled the late Shagari as an epitome of high moral leadership.

He was also described as one who had meritoriously served the country without any blemish.

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The Ekwueme family also noted that Shagari had the most cordial working relationship with his Vice President (Ekwueme) at the time and both had greater hearts of service for the nation.

“They were more Nationalistic in their work relation and even though they both had different religious backgrounds, they were not polarized by the issues of religion and tribe.

“They were first and foremost Nigerians before Christians or Muslims, Fulani or Igbo. They were both selfless,” the family said.

The family also stated that Shagari again demonstrated his humility in his message through his son, Aminu Shagari, at Ekwueme’s burial, where he said he chose him as his Vice President because of his impeccable integrity and character.

Shagari through his son had said, “I’m not here to give undeserved praises on Ekwueme, whatever I say here I have told him so in his life.

“I never thought his last birthday was his last. He was younger than me.

“Death is a certainty and we will all face it one day.

“I chose him because he came across as a man of impeccable integrity and character.

“We worked harmoniously because we had the same vision. He was a deputy I trusted and mischief makers could not drive a wedge between us. His character remained impeccable. Even in death, his achievements cannot be diminished.”

The Ekwueme family expressed gratitude to God that Shagari lived to a ripe age and led an exemplary life and urged Nigerians of all walks of life to emulate him.

“We pray that Almighty God will comfort the family of the ex-president and all those who mourn him and will grant his soul eternal rest,” the statement added.

Shagari’s Death: Buhari Visits Sokoto, FG To Immortalise Former President

President Muhammadu Buhari has paid a condolence visit to Sokoto State over the death Nigeria’s first executive President, Shehu Shagari.

During the visit on Sunday, the President condoled with the government and people of the state and promised that the Federal Government will institute a suitable memorial to immortalise the Former President.

The president who flew into the state capital in the morning and visited the residence of the late Shagari where he signed the condolence register.

He described the former president as the link between the country’s first-generation leaders and the present leadership.

In honour of Shagari’s contributions to nation building which he described as immeasurable, President Buhari said the Federal Government will immortalise him.

The condolence message was, however, delivered by the state governor, Aminu Tambuwal.


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The remains of the former President were laid to rest on Saturday at his private residence in his hometown, Shagari Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

He was buried following prayers led by a former Vice-Chancellor at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Professor Shehu Galadanchi.

Shagari died on Friday, December 28, at the National Hospital in Abuja after a brief illness.

He died at the age of 93.

Buhari Gives Order For Flags To Fly At Half-Mast In Honour Of Shagari

 

In honour of late former President of Nigeria, Shehu Shagari, flags are being flown at Half Mast at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari gave the order on Saturday, a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Femi Adesina, said.

The flags will be flown in military and para-military formations, as well as public buildings for three days, starting from Sunday, December 30, 2018.

According to Adesina, President Buhari in a statement he personally signed, eulogized the late Shagari, describing him as a man of many parts, who served the country with dedication and moderation.


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The statement read, “The late President represented almost the last link with the government of our Founding Fathers under Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. He was also the first elected President of Nigeria.

“The late Alhaji Shagari was a man of many parts: teacher, local authority administrator, politician, minister, and finally President. He served his country with dedication and moderation.

“Over the years, through interaction at the Council of State, he and I came to understand and appreciate each other, whatever the differences we may have had in the past.

“On behalf of the Federal Government, myself and family, I send my condolences to the people of Nigeria, particularly to the late President’s family and the Government and people of Sokoto State. May his soul rest in peace.”

Shagari, the First Executive President of Nigeria, died on Friday, December 28, 2018, at the National Hospital in Abuja after a brief illness.

He died at the age of 93.

His remains were laid to rest on Saturday at his private residence in his hometown, Shagari Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

Governors, Sympathisers Attend Shehu Shagari’s Burial In Sokoto

Governors, Sympathisers Attend Shehu Shagari’s Burial In Sokoto

 

The body of former President Shehu Shagari was laid to rest on Saturday at his private residence in Shagari Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

The state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, as well as his Zamfara and Kebbi State counterparts – Abdul’Aziz Yari and Abubakar Bagudu, attended the burial ceremony.

Former governors of Sokoto, Aliyu Wamakko and Attahiru Bafawara, were also among the prominent Nigerians at the event.

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Hundreds of sympathisers gathered at Shagari’s residence to pay their last respects to him while more tributes have continued to pour in for the former president.

He died on Friday at the age of 93 after a brief illness at the National Hospital in Abuja.

Highlights of the burial are captured in the pictures below;

Ex-President Shagari Laid To Rest In Sokoto Amid Tributes

 

The remains of Nigeria’s first executive President, Shehu Shagari, have been laid to rest at his private residence in his hometown, Shagari Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

Shagari died on Friday, December 28, at the National Hospital in Abuja after a brief illness.

He died at the age of 93.

He was laid to rest after the prayers led by Professor Shehu Galadanchi, a former Vice-Chancellor at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto.


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His corpse was flown to the Sultan Abubakar airport, Sokoto on Saturday morning, from Abuja where he died.

The body was received at the airport by Governor Aminu Tambuwal, members of the state executive council and other dignitaries before being driven to his final resting place in Shagari Local Government of Sokoto State.

 

A Life Of Achievements

Shagari was born in the northern Shagari village which was 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, he 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.

PDP Says Shagari’s Death ‘A National Tragedy’, Wants Him Immortalised

PDP Says Shagari’s Death ‘A National Tragedy’, Wants Him Immortalised
A file photo of former President Shehu Shagari.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has mourned former President Shehu Shagari, describing his death as a national tragedy.

The party paid tributes to the foremost nationalist on Saturday in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, a day after the news of Shagari’s death broke.

It said the former president was a man of peace, an exceptionally honest Nigerian, outstanding leader, quintessential administrator, and a symbol of national unity who made immeasurable sacrifices for the development, unity, and stability of the nation.

“Alhaji Shehu Shagari’s excellent performance as political party administrator, member of the House of Representatives, Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, variously as minister of Commerce and Industries; Economic Development, Pensions, Works and then Finance; in addition to his service as a governor of the World Bank and member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) committee of 20, all stood him out for the Presidency in 1979,” the statement said.

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The PDP noted that despite the challenges that faced the Second Republic, former President Shagari remained dedicated to putting the country on the path of national unity, economic growth, and political stability.

It, however, decried that the gains of the Shagari’s democratic rule were “reversed” by a military coup at that time.

“The PDP is, therefore, deeply sorrowful that President Shehu Shagari took his bow at the time our nation needs his wealth of experience the most, particularly in the quest to restore good governance, national cohesion, and economic prosperity that have eluded us in almost four years,” the statement added.

In all, the opposition party said Shagari remained a political colossus and asked the National Assembly to further immortalise him.

It urged the lawmakers to ask the Federal Government to name a foremost national institution after the “great patriot”.

The PDP condoled with the Shagari family, the government and people of Sokoto State, the Council of State, and the entire nation for the loss.

It also prayed the Almighty Allah to grant him eternal rest.

Shagari’s Body Arrives Sokoto For Burial

Shehu Shagari’s body arrives Sokoto State on Saturday, December 29, 2018.

 

The body of late former president Shehu Shagari has arrived at the Sultan Abubakar International Airport in Sokoto, his home state.

The body left the nation’s capital, Abuja, earlier today for burial in Sokoto State.

His body was received in Sokoto by the State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and is being transported to his hometown in Shagari Local Government Area of the state.

Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and other dignitaries wait to receive the body of Shehu Shagari at the Sultan Abubakar International Airport on Saturday, December 29, 2018.

 

Shagari died on Friday evening at the national hospital in Abuja after a brief illness.

The 93-year-old, who was Nigeria’s first elected president served from 1979 to 1983 when his administration was truncated by a military coup.

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 a brief illness at the National Hospital, Abuja.”

 

Shagari’s 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.

Wike, Ambode, Dickson Describe Shagari’s Death As A Major Loss

Late Shehu Shagari

 

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson have described the death of former president Shehu Shagari as a major loss.

Wike in his condolence message on Saturday described the passage of the first executive President of Nigeria, Shagari, as a sad loss to the entire country.

He commiserated with the government and people of Sokoto State and added that the Former President died at a time the entire nation would have benefited from his guidance during an important election circle.

He said the late former President would be remembered for his patriotic contributions to the development of the country.

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Governor Ambode in his statement described the late Shagari as a complete gentleman, a thoroughbred democrat and philanthropist per excellence who contributed immensely to Nigeria’s growth and development.

“The late President lived an exemplary life; he was a democrat and a fine gentleman whose idea of power was that of being a tool to serve his fatherland and humanity. He was an elder statesman in the true sense of the word.

“He was also a detribalized Nigerian who was committed to the course of a united, indivisible and prosperous Nigeria. He believed so much in all-inclusive governance and was one of those patriotic Nigerians who contributed in laying the foundation of sustainable democracy in Nigeria,” Governor Ambode said.

Governor Dickson in his statement described the death of Shagari, as a major loss to the country.

The governor expressed shock and heartfelt condolences over Shagari’s death. He described him as a compassionate leader and decent politician who was considerate of the peculiar challenges of the Niger Delta and the Ijaw Nation in particular.

The governor said Shagari passed on at a critical time his vast experience and wise counsel was needed in the country.

He urged Nigerians to learn from and emulate the simple, decent and peaceful lifestyle the former President lived.

Obasanjo Describes Shehu Shagari As An Achiever

 

The former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has commiserated with the government and people of Sokoto State over the death of the First Executive President of Nigeria, Shehu Usman Shagari.

Obasanjo described the late Shagari as a man of honour and an achiever.

“President Shehu Shagari was a man of honour and an achiever. In all

his national assignments, he was forthright, dedicated and showed great commitment in the discharge of his duties”.

In a statement, Obasanjo said, “On behalf of my family and on my own behalf, I wish to commiserate with you, the entire members of his family and the good people of Sokoto State over the passing of this humble, patriotic, amiable and notable Nigerian leader.

“I would like to express my deep respect for the achievements of President Shehu Shagari in the course of his long life as one of the principal actors in Nigeria’s pre-independence and post-independence politics.

“He held various positions as a parliamentarian in the Federal House of Representatives representing Sokoto West in 1954, as a Parliamentarian Secretary 1958-1959, as a Federal Minister and Commissioner in different Ministries and capacities between 1959 and 1975.

“ I remember his role as Commissioner for Finance while he and I served in the government of General Yakubu Gowon. He was thorough.

“And later, I saw him as my successor in government as a democratically-elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between 1979 and 1983. Indeed, President Shagari rendered
outstanding service to our country, and we will remember his services in that respect.

“He was a unifying force for the nation and his contribution to the growth and development of democracy in Nigeria cannot easily be forgotten. In all situations, he lived nobly and he died in nobility.

“Let us bear in mind that we all have the opportunity to act nobly in whatever position we find ourselves. President Shagari died at a time the country and its leadership is in dire need of such leadership, experience and wisdom to tackle the multifaceted challenges facing the nation”.

Obasanjo prayed the Almighty Allah to grant him (Shagari) eternal rest and comfort those he left behind.

Shagari’s Body Leaves Abuja For His Hometown

The body of late former President, Shehu Shagari, has left the nation’s capital, Abuja, en route Sokoto, his hometown for burial later today.

His body will be received by the Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal before being transported to his hometown in Shagari Local Government Area of the state.

Shagari died on Friday evening at the national hospital in Abuja after a brief illness.

The 93-year-old, who was Nigeria’s first elected president served from 1979 to 1983 when his administration was truncated by a military coup.

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.”

See photos below…

 

Shagari’s 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.

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.