Nigerian reacts as a former president Shehu Shagari dies at the age of 93. His death was confirmed by a senior doctor at National Hospital Abuja after a brief illness which he has been battling with for some time now.
His death was later announced to the public on Friday, 28th of December 2018 by his grandson, Bello Shagari, via Twitter ”I regret announcing the death of my grandfather, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who died right now after a brief illness at the National Hospital, Abuja.”. Late former President Shehu was elected in 1979 and was under the political party, National Party of Nigeria (NPN). He was elected for four years from 1979 to 1983. During his tenor, the Nigerian economy was stable until he was removed from office through a military coup in December 1983.
As time went by, the plotter of the coup was identified as Major General Muhammadu Buhari who was the Head of State.
His death has also been confirmed by his State Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state. The governor wrote: “I regret to announce the death of former President Shagari who just passed away at National Hospital Abuja.”
Shagari, GCFR a Second Republic President, is dead.
Reacting to his demise, the current 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 Shehu Shagari as an unparalleled patriotic leader.
In addition, a former military ruler, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida has said that 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 and Career History
Alhaji Shehu 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 decades of experience in service, Shagari has served in various capacities. Shagari had the privilege to serve seven times in a ministerial or cabinet post as a Federal Minister and as a Federal Commissioner from 1958–1975.
In 1954, at the age of 29, he 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 abandoned the position 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 moved to the Ministry for Economic Development, as the Federal Minister.
In 1960-1962, he was nominated to the Pensions Ministry as the Federal Minister for Pensions. From 1962-1965, Shagari was nomnated as the Federal Minister for Internal Affairs. From 1965 up until the first military coup in January 1966, Shagari was the Federal Minister of Works.
In 1967, he was appointed into office as the secretary for Sokoto Province Education Development Fund. From 1968-1969, Shagari was given an opportunity in the North Western State as Commissioner for Establishments.
Shortly 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 1971-1975, he served as the Federal Commissioner (an office now known as Minister) of Finance. During his incumbency 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).
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