Nigeria: Babangida, Saraki morn the death of Second Republic President Shehu Shagari
London, Dec. 28, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Prominent Nigerians have morn the demise of Nigeria’s first Executive President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari whose death was announced on Friday.
Alhaji Shehu Shagari 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.
A former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida described late President Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari as a “Democratic and bridge builder”Babangida said, in a condolence message on the death of Shagari released on Friday night,
Babangida said the deceased was also a detribalised Nigerian.In the message which he personally signed General Babangida extolled the virtues of the second republic president saying “Shehu Shagari was a great patriotic leader and an accomplished gentleman, at first a teacher, an administrator, a technocrat and an honest, decent, unassuming, simple Nigerian Leader.
“He will be remembered for his tolerance and politics of peace without bitterness. President Shehu Shagari was a nationalist who never showed any discrimination due to ethnicity or religion and was a very dependable bridge builder,” Babangida said in the statement.
The former military president said, “To keep his (Shagari) memory alive, Nigerian politicians and indeed all fellow Nigerians must put to practice all his ideals of peace and party politics without rancor, irrespective of any form of provocation”.He therefore urged all persons vying for political office “to emulate him and keep alive the political principles of the late Turakin Sokoto, Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, the quintessential public servant who was “Beckoned to Serve”.
General Babangida prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased and urged “the entire nation, his family, Sokoto State and indeed the Sokoto Caliphate will accept his passing with equanimity”.
Similarly, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has described the late Second Republic President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari as a man of peace who dedicated the greater part of his life to the service of the fatherland
Saraki, in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by his Media Adviser, Yusuph Olaniyonu, noted that Shagari would be remembered for his immense contributions to the political and socio-economic development of the country as well as his peaceful disposition.
“He was a man who worked for the unity of Nigeria and stabilized the country during the 50 months of the Second Republic despite the challenges of the then new presidential system of government operated by the country. Since his exit from power, he has remained a silent beacon of strength for the country”, the Senate President stated.