Ex-President Shehu Shagari Dies at 93
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Ex-President Shehu Shagari on Friday passed away at the National Hospital Abuja on Friday at 93 years old.
The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, announced this on his Twitter handle via a message posted 7:24pm.
Governor Tambuwal tweets: “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.”
Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari GCFR was born February 25, 1925 – December 28, 2018 served as the first and only President of Nigeria’s Secod Republic (1979–1983), after the handover of power by General Olusegun Obasanjo’s military government. Shagari also served seven times in a ministerial or cabinet post as a federal minister and federal commissioner from 1958–1975.
Shagari was made the Turaki of the Fula of Sokoto Caliphate in 1962 by the Sultan of Sokoto Siddiq Abubakar III. Turaki means an officer at court, in this case referring to the sultan’s court at the palace of Sokoto. In addition, he also holds the chieftaincy titles of the Ochiebuzo of Ogbaland, the Ezediale of Aboucha and the Baba Korede of Ado Ekiti.
He worked as a teacher for a brief period before entering politics in 1951 and in 1954 was elected to the federal House of Representatives