Nigeria’s first president, Shehu Shagari passed away at age 93, at the Nation hospital in Abuja on Friday evening, after a brief illness, throwing the nation into mourning.
Condolences and tributes have started pouring in, from popular Nigerians since the news was first broken by his grand son, Bello Shagari, president of the National Youth Council of Nigeria’, NYCN.
joining millions of Nigerians to send their condolences are Senate President Bukola Saraki, Senators Ben Bruce, Shehu Sani, governor Aminu Tambuwal, Former minister, Femi Fani Kayode and a host of others.
In his tribute, Senator Bruce said the ex President was soft spoken and humble, and Nigeria, would have gone far had he not been overthrown by Muhammadu Buhari, in 1983.
See tributes below
I met President Shehu Shagari at Dr Alex Ekwueme’s home. He was very soft spoken and humble. Nigeria would have gone far if he had not been overthrown. A great leader. He brought the Igbos back to prominence after the civil war by making one of them VP. May his soul rest in peace.
I met President Shehu Shagari at Dr Alex Ekwueme’s home. He was very soft spoken and humble. Nigeria would have gone far if he had not been overthrown. A great leader. He brought the Igbos back to prominence after the civil war by making one of them VP. May his soul rest in peace
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) December 28, 2018
I regret to Announce the death of former President Shehu Shagari who just passed away at National Hospital Abuja. May his Soul Rest in Peace. pic.twitter.com/D9GR8vpkbT
— Aminu W. Tambuwal (@AWTambuwal) December 28, 2018
May the soul of President Shehu Shagari rest in peace. He was an absolute gentleman and a kind-hearted, humble and compassionate leader. We shall never forget him.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) December 28, 2018
President Shehu Shagari;A Teacher,a democrat,a statesman,a nationalist,a survivor,a humble leader,a man of consensus,a peace builder,a Dove in an Eagle,a man who spoke in silence,in patience and in smiles;May Allah… https://t.co/GHRwHIzBeG
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) December 28, 2018
Inalilahi wa inailehi Rajiun.
My family and I join the entire nation to mourn the passing of former President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who led our nation during the Second Republic. pic.twitter.com/530J4kn9eS
— Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) December 28, 2018