Life and Times of Nigeria’s First Executive President Alhaji Usman Aliyu Shehu Shagari
London, Dec. 28, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Alhaji Usman Aliyu Shehu Shagari, Nigeria’s Second Republic President is dead.
His death was announced today on Twitter by his grandson, Bello Shagari. He was 93 years old.
“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”.
The former president, who was in power between October 1, 1979 to December 31, 1983, had an interesting lifetime.
He was the first and only President of Nigeria’s Second Republic after the handover of power by General Olusegun Obasanjo’s military government.
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.
A look at some photos of his life and times: