Saturday, 29 December 2018

Exclusive Report: Ex President Shehu Shagari dies at Age 93

Ex -President Shehu Shagari is dead.
Shagari passed away at the National Hospital Abuja on Friday. He was 93 years old .
The news was broken by the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal , on his Twitter handle .
Tambuwal had tweeted :

Aminu W. Tambuwal
@AWTambuwal
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.
3,170 7:24 PM - Dec 28, 2018
2,042 people are talking about this

The news was also confirmed by his grandson , Bello Shagari , via his verified Twitter handle @ Belshagy . Bello had tweeted :

Bello Shagari
@Belshagy
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.
5,726 7:04 PM - Dec 28, 2018
5,397 people are talking about this

Shehu Usman Shagari was born in 1925 in Shagari village founded by his great -grandfather , Ahmadu Rufa ’ i , who was also the Village Head , and took the name Shagari as his family name . His father ’ s name was Aliyu and his mother ’ s name was Mariamu .
Shagari started his education in a Quranic school and then went to live with relatives at a nearby town , where , between 1931 and 1935 , he attended Yabo Elementary School ; and between 1936 and 1940 , he went to Sokoto for middle school , and then from 1941 -1944 , he attended Kaduna College.
Between 1944 and 1952 , Shagari attended the Teacher Training College, in Zaria , Kaduna State ;and from 1953 -1958 , he worked as a visiting teacher at Sokoto Province .
He was also a member of the Federal Scholarship Board from 1954 -1958 .

According to the Wiki citation on him, the late ex -president entered politics in 1951 when he became the secretary of the Northern People’ s Congress in Sokoto , Nigeria , a position he held until 1956 .
General Olusegun Obasanjo, who was military Head of State had handed over to Shagari in 1979 , and he was in office till 1983 .
Before then , Shagari had served as a federal minister and federal commissioner between 1958 and 1975 .

Shagari was made the Turaki of the Fula Sokoto Caliphate in 1962 by the Sultan of Sokoto , Siddiq Abubakar III .
He worked as a teacher for a brief period before entering politics in 1951 and , in 1954 , he was elected to the federal House of Representatives representing Sokoto West .
In 1958 , he was appointed as parliamentary secretary — a post he left in 1959 for Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa . He later served as the Federal Minister for Commerce and Industries .
Between 1959 and 1960 , Shagari was made the Federal Minister for Economic Development . Between 1960 and 1962 , he was moved to the Pensions Ministry as the Federal Minister for Pensions .

From 1962 -1965 , he became the Federal Minister for Internal Affairs . And from 1965 up until the first military coup in January 1966 , Shagari was the Federal Minister for Works.
In 1967 , he was appointed the Secretary for Sokoto Province Education Development Fund . From 1968 -1969 , he served as Commissioner for Establishments .
After the civil war , from 1970 -1971 , he was appointed by then military head of state Gen . Yakubu Gowon as the federal Commissioner for Economic Development , Rehabilitation and Reconstruction .
In 1978 , he became a founding member of the National Peoples Party . In 1979 , Shagari was chosen by the party as the presidential candidate for general election that year, which he won, becoming the president .

Shagari ran for a second four -year term in 1983 and won the general election . However , on 31 December 1983 , he was overthrown by then Maj . -Gen . Muhammadu Buhari .
He was Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic , GCFR .

Via Punchng

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