Al­haji Shehu Sha­gari


Weekly Trust - - Front Page - Rakiya A. Muham­mad & Abubakar Auwal, Sokoto

The re­mains of for­mer Pres­i­dent Shehu Sha­gari, who died Fri­day even­ing, will be brought to Sokoto to­day (Satur­day) for burial, his son Ibrahim Shehu Sha­gari has dis­closed. He also said the fam­ily was wait­ing for the Sul­tan of Sokoto to in­form them of fur­ther ar­range­ments for the burial.

Al­haji Sha­gari died at the Na­tional Hos­pi­tal, Abuja, af­ter a brief ill­ness at the age of 93.

Sha­gari’s grand­son, Bello Sha­gari, who is the Na­tional Pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Youth Coun­cil of Nige­ria (NYCN), said that his grand­fa­ther died around 7:00pm at the Na­tional Hos­pi­tal, where he had been on ad­mis­sion for two days.

Also com­ment­ing, Nura Sha­gari, an­other grand­son of the late pres­i­dent, said the death was a shock to the fam­ily. “He left Sokoto just three days ago to the Na­tional Hos­pi­tal. He had catarrh. Un­for­tu­nately, he died,” Nura told Daily Trust Satur­day. “It came as a shock to us be­cause he was not ill, he was very strong. It’s just his age,” he stated.

Nura, who shares the same birth­day, Fe­bru­ary 25, with his grand­fa­ther, noted that he would have clocked 94 in less than two months. He how­ever de­scribed the ex-pres­i­dent’s demise as an act of God.

When Daily Trust Satur­day vis­ited the Sokoto res­i­dence of the ex-pres­i­dent, it was ob­served that the en­tire house­hold was in a som­bre mood, and sym­pa­thiz­ers kept troop­ing in to con­dole with the fam­ily.

One of his driv­ers, Bala, while speak­ing to Daily Trust Satur­day, said the for­mer Pres­i­dent had been suf­fer­ing from a pneu­mo­nia-like ill­ness for al­most two weeks and that when his con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated he was flown to Abuja for med­i­cal at­ten­tion at the na­tional hos­pi­tal.

Bala, who said he has been work­ing for late Sha­gari be­fore his elec­tion as civil­ian pres­i­dent, de­scribed him as re­li­gious, hon­est, and a gen­tle­man to the core. He de­scribed the death as a mon­u­men­tal loss, pray­ing to Al­lah to grant him Jan­natul Fir­daus.

Shehu Us­man Aliyu Sha­gari GCFR, served as the first and only pres­i­dent of Nige­ria’s Sec­ond Repub­lic, af­ter the han­dover of power by Gen­eral Oluse­gun Obasanjo’s mil­i­tary gov­ern­ment. He also served seven times in a min­is­te­rial or cab­i­net post as a fed­eral min­is­ter and fed­eral com­mis­sioner from 1958-1975.

He is sur­vived by sev­eral chil­dren, grand­chil­dren and great grand­chil­dren.

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