Sha­gari was a man of pa­tri­o­tism, hu­mil­ity – Buhari

Weekly Trust - - News - Is­mail Mu­dashir

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has ex­pressed great sad­ness at the news of the pass­ing away of the first ex­ec­u­tive pres­i­dent of the coun­try. He said, “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.”

The pres­i­dent, in a state­ment by his Spe­cial Ad­viser on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Femi Adesina, de­scribed the death as the de­par­ture of a pa­triot whose life of ser­vice and hu­mil­ity was widely ac­knowl­edged.

Buhari re­called part of the birth­day mes­sage he sent to Sha­gari 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.”

Pres­i­dent Buhari is how­ever, grate­ful to God that Al­haji Sha­gari lived to a ripe old age and led an ex­em­plary life, which he urges Nige­ri­ans of all walks of life to em­u­late. “Nige­ri­ans held him in the high­est es­teem even when he was out of of­fice un­til his demise and will for­ever miss his wise coun­sel,” he said. He also prayed that Almighty God will com­fort the fam­ily of the ex-pres­i­dent and all those who mourn him and will grant the soul of the late nona­ge­nar­ian eter­nal rest.

Late ex-pres­i­dent, Al­haji Shehu Sha­gari

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