Previous President, Shehu Shagari is dead.
He passed on Friday evening at about 6:30pm at the National Hospital, Abuja after a concise sickness at 93 years old.
Uncovering the news of the passing of the senior statesman, Nura Mahe, his grandson said the late Shagari was hospitalized at the National Hospital last Tuesday, December 25th before his end.
Another grandson, Bello Shagari affirmed in a tweet.
Bello stated: “I lament reporting the passing of my granddad, H.E Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who kicked the bucket right now after a short ailment at the National healing facility, Abuja.”
The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal additionally affirmed the write about his Twitter handle. He stated: “I lament to declare the demise of previous President Shehu Shagari who just passed away at National Hospital Abuja. May his Soul Rest in Peace.”
In 1954, Shehu Shagari was elected into his first public office as a member of the federal House of Representative for Sokoto west. In 1958, Shagari was appointed as parliamentary secretary (he left the post in 1959) to the Nigerian Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and that year he also served as the Federal Minister for commerce and Industries.
From 1959-1960, Shagari was redeployed to the ministry for economic development, as the Federal Minister for Economic Development. In 1960-1962, he was moved to the Pensions ministry as the Federal Minister for Pensions. From 1962-1965, Shagari was made the Federal minister for internal affairs. From 1965 up until the first military coup in January 1966, Shagari was the Federal Minister for works.
In 1978, Shehu Shagari was a founding member of the National People’s Party. In 1979 Shagari was chosen by the party as the presidential candidate for the general election that year, which he won becoming the president and head of state of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.