The body of Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Nigeria’s Second Republic President has left the National Hospital Abuja for Sokoto his state.

The former leader who had received an avalanche of tributes from political allies, will be buried today in Shagari village in Sokoto state.

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State showered encomium on the former President, late Shehu Shagari saying he lived a fulfilled life free of blemish during his lifetime.

Masari in a condolence message made available to newsmen by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Abdu Labaran Malumfashi said Shagari until his death was one of the leading conscience of the nation.

The Governor said the death of the former President is devastating coming at a time when the nation, buffeted by multifaceted challenges, requires his wise counsel.

According to him, “Nigeria has lost one of its last standing great statesmen.

“the late leader is one of the leading conscience of the nation, who lived an exemplary life defined by uncommon simplicity, in the tradition of the late Premier of the North and Sardaunan Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello.

“Former President Shehu Shagari was a rare gem, and his death has created a wide leadership chasm that may take a long time to fill.

“His death is particularly devastating coming at a time when our nation, buffeted by multifaceted challenges, requires his wise counsel,” Masari said.

The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, n a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Yinka Oyebode, described Alhaji Shagari as a man of peace, who lived an exemplary simple life style.

The Ekiti State Governor said Shagari, through the various positions he held since 1951 when he became the Secretary of the Northern People’s Congress in Sokoto, till his presidency between 1979 and 1983, played very significant roles in the socio-political growth and development of Nigeria.

Dr Fayemi said the late Shagari was a true example of a leader who loved peace and pursued it with all his might. “Until he breathed his last continued to render invaluable support to successive administrations at the various levels of government in the country”.

He said the late Shagari earned greater respect as an elder statesman because of his simple life style, which endeared him to many.

“We shall miss this great and amiable leader, who abhorred politics of bitterness.

Shagari was the President of Nigeria from 1979 to 1983 under the defunct National Party of Nigeria.

He died on Friday the 28th of December 2018 aged 93

Chinwe Ugele

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