The Oasis Reporters
December 29, 2018
The burial of the late Alhaji Shehu Shagari holds tomorrow 29th December 2019, by 2pm at Shagari Local Government Inshaa Allah.
— Bello Shagari (@Belshagy) December 28, 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the demise of a former President of Nigeria, Shehu Shagari.
Mr Shagari, 93, died Friday evening at the National Hospital Abuja after a brief illness.
The death of the elder statesman was announced by his grandson, Bello Shagari, via his Twitter handle.
In a statement signed by the president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, Mr Shagari described the death as the departure of a patriot whose life of service and humility was widely acknowledged.
“On behalf of my family, the government and the people of Nigeria, it is with immense sadness that I received the news of the passing away of the First Executive President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari which event happened Friday in Abuja,” he said.
President Buhari restated part of the birthday message he sent to the late ex-president last February when he said, “we are enthralled and regaled with the many years of unequalled patriotism, sacrifices and contributions to national development. More specifically, we celebrate the role modelling qualities of integrity, diligence and humility that have been the hallmark of your visionary leadership.”
“Nigerians held him in the highest esteem even when he was out of office until his demise and will forever miss his wise counsels,” he said.
Former President Jonathan Mourns Shagari, ‘He Was A Nation Builder With A Good Heart’
Former Nigerian President Dr.Goodluck Jonathan has condoled with the family of Alhaji Shehu Shagari and the people of Sokoto State over the demise of the nation’s Second Republic President, describing him as a nation builder who cemented a good relationship between the North and South.
Ex-President Jonathan stated this in a tribute to the nation’s first executive President, noting that Shagari was a patriot who placed service to humanity and fatherland above personal interest.
In a statement by Ikechukwu Eze, the former President’s spokesman, Dr. Jonathan further described Shagari as a nice man with a clean heart who was sincere and selfless in service.
He said: “Late President Shagari was a very nice man with a clean heart. As a President he was humble, sincere and selfless in service. He was indeed a true democrat who left no one in doubt about his loyalty to his country, love for peace, desire for unity and vision for a greater Nigeria.
“Shagari was an exceptional leader and exemplary statesman whose modesty, commitment to common good and deep sense of patriotism will continue to inspire many generations of Nigerians.
He will be remembered as a teacher, parliamentarian and President whose model of service was anchored on diligence, broad-mindedness and humility.”
President Shehu Usman Shagari was a completely detribalized Nigerian. He served Nigeria from his youth to the evening of his life, as a teacher & moulder of minds and later as a leader and moulder of nations.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) December 28, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the former President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, GCFR. Baba was an outstanding politician who devoted his entire life to serving our great country. A great patriot of the highest order and public servant of a rarest courage. pic.twitter.com/EmwtoMJfyC
— Governor Dankwambo (@HEDankwambo) December 28, 2018
— The Punch Newspapers (@MobilePunch) December 29, 2018
— Channels Television (@channelstv) December 29, 2018
So, Shagari had all these qualities served with “humility, integrity and diligence” but you still toppled his government? A democratically elected government!!!
You are a disgrace to your family…
You are a disgrace to your state…
You are a disgrace to Nigeria. 😓😓 https://t.co/sYcGxLAa9t
— Adetutu Balogun (@Tutsy22) December 29, 2018
Am still living in the house built by Shehu Shagari government. Your legacy will never be forgotten Sir.
May Your Gentle Soul Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/7f6tYS9PMF
— Aly Bunxa (@BunxaAly) December 28, 2018
“GEJ may not be the best, but I can mention 3 to 4 breakthrus in Nigeria that occurred under his regime.”
“Under this admin, train is now back in Nigeria after about 30yrs of neglect. In fact, my grandchild boarded a train for the 1st time in his life in 2014.”
– Shehu Shagari.
— ThankGod Ukachukwu (@kcnaija) December 28, 2018
Pope John Paul II and President Shehu Shagari in Lagos during the former's visit to Nigeria (1982) pic.twitter.com/dah2A0rpEN
— NIGERIA FACTS & HISTORY (@NigerianMuseum) December 29, 2018
I met President Shehu Shagari at Dr Alex Ekwueme’s home. He was very soft spoken and humble. Nigeria would have gone far if he had not been overthrown. A great leader. He brought the Igbos back to prominence after the civil war by making one of them VP. May his soul rest in peace
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) December 28, 2018
President Shagari, was a quintessential public servant; having served in seven cabinet positions and as a legislator. He dedicated his best years in the service of our nation and its people. May Allah grant him a place among the righteous ones in Aljannah Firdaus.
— Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) December 28, 2018
President Shehu Shagari;A Teacher,a democrat,a statesman,a nationalist,a survivor,a humble leader,a man of consensus,a peace builder,a Dove in an Eagle,a man who spoke in silence,in patience and in smiles;May Allah… https://t.co/GHRwHIzBeG
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) December 28, 2018
History has been kind to Shehu Shagari.
The men that overthrew his government turned out to be scoundrels, incompetent and made Nigeria worse. https://t.co/FjybL72WAe
— afrispheric (@afrispheric) December 28, 2018
May the soul of President Shehu Shagari rest in peace. He was an absolute gentleman and a kind-hearted, humble and compassionate leader. We shall never forget him.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) December 28, 2018
Former President, Shehu Shagari was really a man of integrity, substance and sense; his services to this great nation is worth admiring, mostly the role he played in bringing more Shelter (Shagari Estate) to Nigerians. Rest In Peace, Your Excellency.
— Ibrahim B. Babangida (@General_Ibbro) December 28, 2018
Shagari made the biggest hardware acquisitions for the military ever
24 Alpha Jet Trainer
3 Lynx ASW
G222s, Vicker tanks, Steyr APCs, Panhard AMLs, Shilkas, towed|self propelled 155mm artillery,fighting ships etc……..
— MURTALA (@MurtalaIbin) December 28, 2018
We have lost a gentle and forthright elder statesman, former president, Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari. He was a democrat of distinction, renowned for his high level of patriotism, tolerance and humility. May he find eternal rest and Allah’s mercies. pic.twitter.com/kQnRVdOvWo
— Oseloka H. Obaze (@OselokaHObaze) December 28, 2018