One of Nigeria’s former presidents, Shehu Shagari is reported dead. Local media reports that he died at the National Hospital in Abuja on Friday.
Shehu Shagari was 93 years old. He served as President between 1979 and 1983 after winning elections in 1979.
He stood on the ticket of the National Peoples Party which he helped found. Shagari ran for a second four-year term in 1983, winning that election.
On 31 December 1983, Shagari’s government was overthrown by then Maj. -Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
Former President Shagari served in several key public positions before becoming President.
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.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) December 29, 2018
Shehu Usman Shagari, his full name was born in 1925 in Shagari village. The village was founded by his great-grandfather, Ahmadu Rufa’i.
One of Shagari’s grandsons, Bello Shagari said on Twitter that “the burial of the late Alhaji Shehu Shagari” will be held on Saturday”.
I regret announcing the death of my grandfather, H.E Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who died right now after brief illness at the National hospital, Abuja.
— Bello Shagari (@Belshagy) December 28, 2018