In a press statement by Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser (Media & Publicity), President Buhari offered “ his heartfelt condolences to the Shagaya family, friends, the Government and people of Plateau State on the painful passing of their illustrious son.
“The President pays tribute to the great Nigerian whose legacies will live on in the patriotic work he did as a military officer, who rose to the position of a General, and a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic that ably represented the Plateau Southern zone.
“The President affirms that at each step of his distinguished career in national service and politics, General Shagaya brought his deep convictions and discipline to national, regional and community assignments and was ready to always offer his best to the development and stability of the country.
“President Buhari prays that God Almighty will comfort all who mourn him and grant his soul eternal rest.”
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has also expressed sadness over the death of Brigadier General John Nanzip Shagaya, a member of the sixth Senate and former Minister of Internal Affairs, on Sunday.
Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the late Shagaya as a “fine officer and gentleman” who during his lifetime, gave his all in the service of his country, both as a soldier and politician.
“Shagaya would be remembered for his meritorious service to the country and the West African sub-region as an active member of the Nigerian Armed Forces,” Saraki said. “He served this country in many capacities such as Minister, member of the Armed Forces Ruling Council and Chairman, Committee on Nigeria’s Membership of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
“He also served as a member, drafting committee of the main protocols for the Economic Community of West African States, member, National Boundary Commission and a Field Commander in the ECOMOG Peacekeeping Force in Liberia.
“As a politician, he was elected to represent Plateau South Senatorial District in the 6th Senate where he contributed to various legislations aimed at enhancing the nation’s democracy. He was the Chairman, Governing Board of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos,” he stated.
President of the Senate commiserated with the immediate family of the deceased and the government and people of Plateau State over the irreparable loss, while calling on the Federal Government to immortalize the late army General.
He prayed God to grant the soul of the departed eternal rest and his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss.
In his statement, Senator David Mark said “I am shocked. I am sad. He was my friend, comrade and colleague. He was among the best and fertile minds in the Armed forces during our days in the Nigerian Army. He believed in the sanctity of our unity. He believed in the rule of law and in a society where every citizen is free to pursue his or her legitimate ambition in any part of the country without fear of molestation or intimidation.
“After our retirement from the Army, we reunited again in the 6th Senate in the service to our fatherland. His death is a huge personal loss to me. I have lost a bosom friend, a pathfinder and a patriot. Nigeria has lost one of her finest and fertile minds. I am however consoled that he left his positive footprint on the sand of time. I am convinced that his legacy of uncommon commitment to the ideals of nation hood will endure and will be a reference point in many years to come. “May God in His infinite mercies grant him eternal rest. May He grant the immediate family the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss,” the former Senate President said in a statement by Paul Mumeh, his Assistant.