Sokoto, Nigeria: The remains of former President of Nigeria, Shehu Shagari has been laid to rest at his hometown in Shagari local government area of Sokoto State.
Late first democratic elected President died on Friday at the age of 93 at the National Hospital Abuja.
Late Shagari’s remains was transported from Abuja and landed Sultan Abubakar III International Airport Sokoto at about 1:00pm received by Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal and later buried according Islamic rights in his house at about 3:25pm.
The funeral prayer was led by Professor Shehu Galadanchi and dignitaries that attended included Wazirin Sokoto, Professor Sambo Junaidu, Governors of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar Bagudu and Alhaji Abdulaziz Abubakar Yari.
The Nigerian government delegation at the funerals were led by Secretary of the of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustspha, Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) and Minister of Commerce, Trade and Investment, A’isha Abubakar.
Mustapha described late Shagari as humble leader who contributed immensely for Nigeria and the development of Democratic system.
The SGF enjoined Nigerians to emulate his good qualities and condole his family, people of Sokoto State and Nigerians in general.
He said late Shagari was a good leader that made meaningful change in the country.
He extended condolences to the family on behalf of Nigerians and pray to Allah to forgive the late president.
The General Commanding Officer (GOC), 8 Division Sokoto, Maj. Gen. Stevenson Olabanji led the corpse into the house and other military processions arrangements.
In his condolence messages, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal condoled the family of the late former President Shagari, people of Sokoto State and Nigeria at large and described the death as a great loss and prays Allah to grant him eternal bliss.
Governor Tambuwal said late Shagari was a national and international statesman, who made unparalleled contribution to the development of education, as a teacher at basic level, true democrat and President of Nigeria.
He said Shagari’s administration witnessed the advancement of Nigeria socially and economically, setting the pace for the industrialisation of the nation, particularly through the establishment of the Ajaokuta Steel Rolling Mill.
He stated that late Shagari was active Minister in the First Republic and during the administration of General Yakubu Gowon.
Governor Tambuwal added that during the Presidency of Shagari he led a front line role in the emancipation of Zimbabwe and the anti apartheid struggle in South Africa.
Similarly, the former Governor of Sokoto State, Senator Aliyu Wamakko also recalled the plausible agriculture programme of the late Iconic leader, the Green Revolution by late President Shagari.
Senator Wamakko said Nigeria recorded sustainable food security with abundant wealth enjoyed by Nigerians .
He further described late Shagari death as lost that would left a vacuum which would be too difficult to fill by anybody in the country, especially on his sterling virtues of unrivalled humility, piety and patriotism.
Wamakko added that late Shagari had facilitated sustainable national peace and unity, while he was a reliable pillar to the country’s traditional institutions, through the platform of the Sultanate Council of Sokoto.
The former Governor condoled the family of the late president and Nigerians, but urged citizens to emulate the invaluable and indelible legacies of the late Nigerian leader, whose penchant for the growth and development of the nation’s education and agricultural sectors was unparalleled.
The deceased holds traditional title of Turakin Sokoto and is survived by several children and grand children, great grand children and relatives.
Late Shagari was President of Nigeria from 1979 to 1983 and won second election before being dethroned by a coup d’état that brought in Muhammadu Buhari as military head of State.
The former leader was born February 25, 1925 in Shagari, in Sokoto.
After his early education, he worked as a teacher for a brief period before entering politics in 1951.
In 1954, he was elected to the federal House of Representatives.
He served seven times in a Ministerial or cabinet post as a federal minister and federal commissioner from 1958–1975, before he was elected president in 1979.