Former President Shehu Aliyu Shagari has died, aged 93. Shagari passed away at the National Hospital Abuja.
This was announced by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state on his Twitter handl @AWTambuwal at 7.24 pm on Friday 28 December 2018.
The statement reads “l regret to Announce the death of former President Shehu Shagari who just passed away at National Hospital Abuja. May his Soul Rest in Peace.”
Shagari became President on the platform of the then National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in 1979. His government was ousted by a military junta, headed by current President, Muhammadu Buhari. Shagari’s then Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme also passed on recently.
Reconfirming the demise of the highly respected former President, his grandson, Nuradeen Mahe, told newsmen in Sokoto that the late President died at 6: 40 P.M and that his remains would be flown to Sokoto for burial on Saturday according to Islamic rights.
Mahe said Shagari was transported to Abuja on December 25 when his health worsened.
Shagari was president from 1979 to 1983 and was declared winner of his second term election before being dethroned by the coup d’etat that brought in Buhari as military head of state.
The former leader was born February 25, 1925 in Shagari, in Sokoto.
After his early education, he worked as a teacher for a brief period before entering politics in 1951.
In 1954, he was elected to the federal House of Representatives.
He served seven times in a ministerial or cabinet post as a federal minister and federal commissioner from 1958–1975, before he was elected president in 1979.
He won a disputed re-election in 1983 that accelerated a military coup three months later after he was sworn in and the economy was on a precipitous decline.