‘Sha­gari’s 35 apo­lit­i­cal years qual­i­fied him best states­man’

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - From Ibrahim Sawab, Maiduguri

Late for­mer Pres­i­dent Shehu Sha­gari’s choice of re­main­ing apo­lit­i­cal for 35 years since leav­ing of­fice in 1983 made him one of Nige­ria’s best qual­i­fied states­men since the sec­ond repub­lic, Gover­nors of the 19 north­ern states have said.

Borno State Gover­nor, Kashim Shet­tima, who is chair­man of the north­ern states’ Gover­nors fo­rum, stated this in a state­ment he per­son­ally signed on be­half of the fo­rum and emailed to news­men yes­ter­day in Maiduguri.

He said since leav­ing of­fice in De­cem­ber 1983, late for­mer Pres­i­dent Sha­gari made the rare and bold choice of stay­ing out of par­ti­san pol­i­tics in Nige­ria, de­spite his im­mense pop­u­lar­ity in the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to him, Sha­gari opted to re­main a states­man and a fa­ther of the na­tion and he main­tained such a dig­ni­fied po­si­tion till his died, mak­ing ex­actly 35 apo­lit­i­cal years.

The Gover­nor noted that in all these years, Sha­gari mea­sured his words and ac­tions as a peace­ful and uni­fy­ing leader and “to cap it up, Sha­gari died in Abuja, the na­tion’s cap­i­tal which sym­bol­izes our na­tion­al­ism and unity.”

The state­ment said “Al­though he died at a time his wise coun­sel was needed, he has be­queathed to us, his doc­u­mented life­time of states­man­ship, good char­ac­ter, calm­ness, and self­less in­ter­est in the unity and pros­per­ity of Nige­ria.”

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