President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of late former President Shehu Shagari, with an assurance to immortalise the country’s first executive president, who passed away Friday December 28, 2018, aged 93.
Buhari, who was accompanied on the visit by top cabinet members, as well as Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, said the Federal Government will in due course immortalise the former president.
“This, indeed, is a grievous loss, which will be felt throughout Nigeria, irrespective of any difference. The late Alhaji Shagari was a landmark figure being virtually our last link to the post-independence government of Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, and the first elected Executive President of Nigeria.
“Please convey to his immediate family, the government and the people of Sokoto State my heartfelt condolences on the passing away of this great statesman.”
“The Federal Government will in due course institute a suitable memorial to the late former President”.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan also condoled with the family of late former President Shehu Shagari, describing him as an amiable leader that meant well for Nigeria and the world at large.
Jonathan was accompanied on the visit by Mr Peter Obi, running mate of the 2019 Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, as well as other PDP leaders in the state.
He said the late former president played a key role in the development of Nigeria and the democratic system.
“A unique habit of the late former President, which only those who interacted with him will tell is, he was a very simple and humble man in spite of the various positions he held.
“He possessed a very clean and good heart which he showed clearly in his life time thorough various engagements and activities.”
Meanwhile, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, is also expected to lead a powerful delegation to Sokoto State, today Monday, 31st December, 2018,
In a statement in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, Saraki’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, revealed that Saraki saw the death of the Nationalist, and the last of the Nigerian Titans, who directed the affairs of the country in its teething days in the First and Second Republics, as a national loss.
“The Senate President will be at the head of a delegation that will visit Sokoto, not only to commiserate with the family of the late Nationalist, but with the people of Sokoto State, and the entire country, because late Alhaji Shagari represented so many good pages in the history books of our dear country.
“At the most critical times in the life of the nation, Alhaji Shagari was there as part of the group directing the affairs. He was part of the people who won independence from the Colonialists, proved that Nigerians could direct the affairs of their country, saved Nigeria from disintegration when the unity of the country was threatened, and was the pioneer elected President of Nigeria, when the nation first experimented with the Presidential system of government.
“Even in his retirement from politics, he silently worked for the unity and progress of Nigeria. Alhaji Shagari was a genuine Democrat. He had been a stabilising factor in Nigeria. He deserved a special honour from all Nigerians. Both the Federal and Sokoto State Governments, should name befitting monuments in his honour”, Saraki stated.