The Oasis Reporters
December 28, 2018
Just as the All Progressive Congress, APC Presidential Campaign Council is constituted for the prosecution of the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari, news filters in that Nigeria’s President from 1979 till he was overthrown by Major General Muhammadu Buhari in the military coup of December 31, 1983, has died. Just three days short of the 35th anniversary of his violent overthrow.
He didn’t go abroad for his medicals. He died at the National Hospital, Abuja, in his native Nigeria.
Some of the reasons given by the military for his forceful overthrow in 1983 were corruption, a scourge now civilian President Buhari claims he is still fighting.
Another reason was that the election that brought about Shagari’s second term in office was massively rigged.
Today, rigging allegations have trailed elections in Ekiti and Osun states, won by Mr. Buhari’s party.
Local government elections have been held in Kaduna state, using Electronic Card Readers that delivered results, online, real time. Just as the results were said to have been stunning, Returning Officers suddenly vanished into thin air from where they were alleged to have announced strange results on radio.
Meanwhile, the new Electoral Law Amendment Bill meant to legitimize the Card Reader as a main component of voting has been rejected by President Buhari.
Nigeria mourns the gentleman President who kept his peace after his violent overthrow and never intervened or interfered in succeeding government’s affairs. As Nigeria mourns him, people are curious, what manner of funeral oration would the current President who is running for re-election in February 2019 deliver at President Shagari’s graveside?
Will he call him the ultimate patriot who attended the National Hospital in Abuja?
Accused of corruption, there is no opulence in Shagari’s lifestyle. No 50 bedroom mansions and no fat balances in the bank.
Shagari lived a simple life in the midst of his Sokoto state people.
Adieu, patriot and elder statesman.