President Buhari has directed that flags should fly at half-mast in military and paramilitary formations, as well as public buildings for three days, starting from Sunday December 30th, in honour of late former president, Shehu Shagari.
Shagari who was the first Nigerian civilian president, died yesterday December 28th at 93.
In a statement he personally signed, President Buhari said
“The late President represented almost the last link with the government of our Founding Fathers under Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. He was also the first elected President of Nigeria. The late Alhaji Shagari was a man of many parts: teacher, local authority administrator, politician, minister, and finally President. He served his country with dedication and moderation. Over the years, through interaction at the Council of State, he and I came to understand and appreciate each other, whatever the differences we may have had in the past. On behalf of the Federal Government, myself and family, I send my condolences to the people of Nigeria, particularly to the late President’s family and the Government and people of Sokoto State. May his soul rest in peace.”
Meanwhile, the Secretary to Government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, said President Muhammadu Buhari will visit Sokoto on Sunday to condole with the government and people of the state on the death of the former preisdent, Shehu Shagari.