Nigeria ex-President Shehu Shagari to be buried tomorrow

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on December 28th, 2018

Abuja, Nigeria: A former President and elder stateman, Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari (GCFR), has died after a brief illness at the National Hospital, Abuja.

His grandson, Bello Shagari, announced this around 7pm on Friday via his verified Twitter handle: @Belshagy.

“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,” he said in the tweet.

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. – Bello Shagari @Belshagy 7:04 PM – Dec 28, 2018

Shagari, who was Nigeria’s president during the Second Republic under the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (October 1 – December 31, 1983) attended Barewa College.

Atiku Nuhu Koko, head of the Shagari Centre, also confirmed the passing away of the highly respected former President.

Former President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari who died Friday will be buried tomorrow in Sokoto, according to the family.

His grandson, Nuradeen Mahe, told newsmen in Sokoto that the late President would be flown from Abuja to Sokoto for burial on Saturday, in accordance with Islamic rites.

Shagari, who was 93, died at 6: 40 P.M at the National Hospital in Abuja.

Mahe said he was flown to Abuja after his health deteriorated.

Shagari was president 1979 to 1983 and won re-election before being dethroned by a coup d’etat 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.
He won a disputed re-election in 1983 that accelerated a military coup three months later after he was sworn in and the economy was on a precipitous decline.

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