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Shagari’s death a great loss to Nigeria – FNPH Medical Director



Shagari’s death a great loss to Nigeria – FNPH Medical Director
By Habibu Harisu
Sokoto, Jan. 1, 2019 (NNN) Dr Shehu Sale, the Medical Director of Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital Kware in Sokoto has described the death of former President Shehu Shagari as a great loss to Nigeria.
Shagari died on Dec. 28, at the age of 93 at the National Hospital Abuja and was buried in his hometown in Shagari Local Government Area (LGA) of Sokoto on Saturday Dec. 29.
Sale disclosed this when he led the hospital management on a condolence visit to Shagari’s family in Sokoto on Tuesday.
He enjoined Nigerians to emulate good habits of the former president and described him as a father to all.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that former Gombe state governor, Sen. Danjuma Goje and Rep. Muntari Dandutse (APC-Funtua/Dandume) were among personalities that visited the
NNN recalled that special prayers were offered for the late President on Monday Dec. 31, 2018, as part of the state government’s mourning programme.
The prayer was attended by Gov. Aminu Tambuwal among other dignitaries.(NNN)


Shagari/Yabo Fed. Constituency : PDP reduces number of witnesses from 95 to 49





Shagari, who is a son of late President Shehu Shagari, is challenging the election of Alhaji Abubakar Umar-Yabo before the Sokoto State Election Petition Tribunal.

Shagari approached the tribunal, challenging the return of Umar-Yabo, on the grounds that the APC candidate did not score the highest number of lawful votes cast at the polls.

He also alleged that the election was marred by electoral irregularities not in compliance with Electoral ACT ( 2010 as Amended).

Counsel to  Shagari and the PDP, Mr Kelechi Ogbonna, who held brief for Mahmud Magaji, SAN, told the court that the number of witnesses had been reduced from 95 to 49.

Also, Counsel to Umar-Yabo and the APC, Mr Bashir Jodi and Abdulhamid Zubair, said they intend to call one witness each.

Mr Abdulkarim Ibrahim, Counsel to INEC said that the commission would rely on the witness testimony of two people.

The Tribunal Chairman, Justice Peter Akhihiero, ordered all parties to file their issues for determination on Friday, for continuation of pre-hearing.

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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NYCN passes vote of confidence on leader, Bello Shagari




President, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN),  Mr Bello Shagari

( NNN) The National Executive Council (NEC) of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has passed a vote of confidence on its president, Mr Bello Shagari, in recognition of his leadership attributes.


and called for improved autonomy for the council.


The Southeast Organising Secretary of the council, Mr Izunna Agwuncha made the disclosure in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Owerri on Monday.


Agwuncha said that the NEC passed the vote during its meeting in recognition of Shagari’s leadership attributes which he said had given the council a long desired facelift.


According to Agwuncha, the NEC identified Shagari’s leadership strengths to include his clear vision of the yearnings and aspirations of today’s youth, strong willpower and dogged defence of the NYCN constitution.


He said that these attributes had combined to earn the NYCN leader such awards as the Crans Montana new leaders of tomorrow 2019 award in Morocco and an award of excellence by the Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development.


Others are an honorary fellowship award by the governing council of the Institute for Security and Forensic Studies, Nigeria and  a recent appointment as coordinator of the Afro-Arab Youth Council.


The NEC however, called for improved autonomy for NYCN so as to enable its helmsman administered the affairs of the council with sincerity of purpose in total compliance with the NYCN constitution.


“The NYCN president has exemplified clear vision, sincerity of purpose, willpower and ability to defend the constitution of the council.


“Little wonder he bagged the most influential young Nigerian award in 2018 and a plethora of awards and recognitions across Nigeria and beyond.


“This is why I raised a motion for a vote of confidence on him at our National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Friday and as expected, the NEC gave it a well deserved nod in agreement.


“At the same time, we call for improved autonomy for the council so as to reduce distraction and enable our president  focus on the pursuit of the general interests of the Youth in Nigeria”, he said.



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Gowon urges Nigerians to emulate Shagari’s integrity, lifestyle




Sokoto, April 17, 2019, Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, on Wednesday condoled with the family of late former President Shehu Shagari, describing him as an amiable leader that meant well for Nigeria and the world at large.

Gowon condoled Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar III and Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State.

He called on Nigerians to imbibe the good habits of forgiveness, simplicity and integrity of the late former President.

” I am in Sokoto physically to extend my condolence to government and people of Sokoto over the demise of Shagari.

“It is better late than not.  I was in UK on treatment and holiday when the sad incident occurred,” he said.

Gowon, who was received by Gov. Tambuwal, described the deceased as an epitome of integrity with deep commitment to Nigeria.

He recalled that, during his military regime, Shagari served as Federal Commissioner for Finance against his (Shagari) wish, because he preferred the ministry of education, adding that the deceased was honest and transparent.

“Shagari played a key role in the development of Nigeria, facilitating the construction of the second Niger bridge and establishment of present Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, during my period as well as when become elected President.

“Shagari should not be mourned, but celebrated as a true, honest and sincere leader who was a nationalist to the core. Nigeria has lost a gem.

“Shagari is a true intimate colleague, his life is embodiment of truth to celebrate.

“We, Nigerians, should learn lessons from his patriotism, which he taught, as well as habits of forgiveness,” he said.

Responding on behalf of the family, Shagari’s son, Bala, appreciated Gowon for the visit.

At the Government House, Gov. Tambuwal also lauded Gowon for his and described the visit as home coming, noting that the former Head of State had earlier sent condolence and called the family on phone.

Tambuwal said great leaders had made enormous sacrifices in the struggle for the unity and the development of the country.

Speaking from his palace, Sultan Abubakar III enjoined present leaders to emulate past leaders’ sacrifices to the nation’s peace, stability and progress.

The monarch cautioned political leaders against breeding disunity, which hinders the nation’s progress.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Shagari died at the age of 93 on Dec. 28,2018, at the National Hospital Abuja.

He was buried on Dec. 29, 2018 in his home town, Shagari in Shagari Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

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Yabo/Shagari Federal Constituency to enjoy better representation –Rep. member-elect




Alhaji Abubakar Umar, the newly elected member of Federal House of Representative has described his election as a call to upgrade the living standard of his constituents.

Abubakar, who defeated the incumbent member, Alhaji Aminu Shagari, representing Yabo/Shagari Federal Constituency in Sokoto state at the Feb. 23 National Assembly election, said the election was also a demonstration of peoples will.

Speaking with newsmen on Sunday in Sokoto, the member-elect said he had been pursuing the seat since 2012 and now secured it under the All Progressive Congress (APC).

“Since 2012 I noticed that our constituency lacked proactive representation in the House of Representatives, so I decided to contest in order to bring some changes.

“In Nigeria’s political history, our constituency is one of the most respected in the country, which is the birth place of the second republic President, late Alhaji Shehu Shagari.

“Therefore, we are expected to have a good representation. Such development motivated my ambition that resulted to various contests aimed at enhancing the lives of our people,” he said.

Umar explained that in 2014, he was defeated by the incumbent member, who has been in the House of Representative since 2007.

“So Shagari got the APC ticket in 2014 again and was elected to represent our constituency in the general election, yet nothing positive in terms of development,” he said.

He added that after losing the contest in 2014, he continued with his good projects of supporting youths and other members of his constituency.

“I continued to personally support our teeming youths on school registration, securing admission for them and scholarship for all tertiary students in order to encourage them.

“I have executed so many projects that have direct impact on our people and as time goes on in 2018 Shagari and other members who secure peoples’ mandate under APC defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sokoto state.

“So I joined the race for the ticket and emerged the APC candidate, were in the general election people voted for me to emerged winner in the contest,” he added.

The member-elect further pledged to ensure more projects for the development of the constituency, adding that the mandate given to him was a chance to sustain his programmes.

He appealed to the people of the state to always remain law abiding and come out massively on March 9 for the governorship and state House of Assembly election to vote all APC candidates.

“Election is not a do or die affairs. So we should remain calm and law abiding. We should come out peacefully to cast our votes. That is our constitutional responsibility that we need to fulfil,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that Shagari, was the son of late President Shehu Shagari.

Shagari lost the seat to Umar who secured 33,193 votes against his 24,932 votes. (NNN)

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IBB mourns Former President Shagari ,




Shagari was just three months old in his second term when the military officers removed him in a bloodless coup and cut short the Second Republic.

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Shagari: Nigeria has lost a great leader, democrat — Babatope





Shagari: Nigeria has lost a great leader, democrat — Babatope


By Bolaji Buhari

Lagos, Dec .28, 2018 (NNN) A former Minister of Transport, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has described the death of  former president, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, as a great loss to the nation.

Shagari, who was president between 1979 and 1983, passed away at the National Hospital ,Abuja earlier on Friday, at 93.

Reacting to his death, Babatope told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) on telephone that the country had just lost a tolerant and peace-loving leader in Shagari.

He said when the deceased was president in the second republic under the platform of the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN), he tolerated scathing criticisms from the opposition and those who did not believe in his government.

Babatope said when he was the spokesman of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) ,the main opposition party at that time, he could not remember anytime Shagari clamped down on any politician with opposing views.

“Shagari was a nice and gentleman. He was a great leader and democrat, a model of politics without bitterness.

“I belonged to the UPN and he was president under the platform of the NPN, but I can tell you that Shagari did not have any problem with anybody because of his political views.

“There was no clampdown on anybody under his government and the kind of politically-motivated killings we have nowadays were almost absent.

“Even, Pa Awolowo, an opposition leader, highly regarded him because he was a peace loving leader who abhored violence. I can tell you that because I was the spokesman of UPN.

“The nation has lost a quintessential leader, a true nationalist and statesman; he will be remembered for all the good things his name represents”, he said.

Babatope urged politicians to emulate the deceased Nigerian leader by tolerating people of different political views or affiliations.

He said that the 2019 elections would be totally devoid of problems if the political class and ordinary Nigerians imbibe Shagari’s values of politics without bitterness and respect for rights.

Babatope prayed for the peaceful repose of his soul and asked God to grant those he left behind the fortitude to bear the loss .

Shagari, born on Feb. 25, 1925, was President of Nigeria during the Second Republic (1979–1983), after the handover of power by Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo’s military government.

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.

Shagari also served seven times in a ministerial or cabinet post as a federal minister and federal commissioner from 1958–1975. (NNN)


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President Buhari mourns Shagari, describes him as Man of unparalleled patriotism, humility







By Ismaila Chafe

Abuja, Dec. 28, 2018(NNN) President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the news of the passing away of the First Executive President of the  Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari.

President Buhari’s condolence message is contained in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Friday.

The President said: “On behalf of my family, the government and the people of Nigeria, it is with immense sadness that I received the news of the passing away of the First Executive President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari which event happened on Friday in Abuja.”

He described the death as the departure of a  patriot whose life of service and humility was widely acknowledged.

President Buhari recalled part of the birthday message he (Buhari) sent to him last February when he said, “ we are enthralled and regaled with the many years of unequalled patriotism, sacrifices and contributions to national development.

“More specifically, we celebrate the role modelling qualities of integrity, diligence and humility that have been the hallmark of your visionary leadership.”

The President was  grateful to God that Shagari lived to a ripe age and led an exemplary life, which he urged Nigerians of all walks of life to emulate.

“Nigerians held him in the highest esteem  even when he was out of office until his demise and will forever miss his wise counsels,’’ he added.

He prayed that almighty God would comfort the family of the ex-president and all those who mourned him and will grant the soul of the former president eternal rest.

The remains of the former president, who died at the age of 93 on Friday at the National Hospital Abuja, would be transported to Sokoto for burial on Saturday according to Islamic rites.

Shagari was Nigerian president from 1979 to 1983 and won second election before being dethroned by a coup d’etat that brought in Muhammadu Buhari as military head of state.(NNN)



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NNNS mourns Shagari

By Stanley Nwanosike





By Stanley Nwanosike

Enugu, Dec. 28, 2018 (NNN) The National Association of Nigerian Students (NNNS) has described the late Alhaji Shehu Shagari, as a patriotic elder statesman, who built bridges of unity in the country.

His grandson, Nuradeen Mahe, who confirmed his death, told newsmen in Sokoto that the late President died at 6:40 p.m. and his remains would be flown to Sokoto for burial on Saturday according to Islamic rites.

The National Public Relations Officer of NNNS, Mr Bestman Okereafor, gave the condolence message in a statement issued in Enugu on Friday.

Okereafor said: “The attention of the National leadership of the apex students governing body, NNNS, has been drawn to the demise of Nigeria’s first elected president, who served between 1979-1983, Alhaji Shehu Shagari.

“NNNS is joining the Federal Government, all Nigerians both home and in Diaspora and the Shagari family in bidding the former president farewell.

“No doubt Shagari was a patriotic elder statesman worthy of emulation considering how he had continuously given responsive representation to the people.

“For example In 1954, he won a seat at the general election to represent Sokoto South-West Constituency, and four years later, he was appointed parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.

“In 1960, he was appointed Minister of Economic Development, and then Minister of Internal Affairs in 1962.

“In 1965 he was Minister of Works and Survey (1965), until Jan. 15, 1966, when a bloody military coup cut short that regime.

” When the military government of Gen. Yakubu Gowon took over after a counter-coup, Shagari was appointed Commissioner of Economic Affairs and later Commissioner of Finance’’.

The NNNS spokesman recalled that at the birth of the Second Republic in 1979, a reluctant Shagari emerged the presidential candidate of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), won the election and was sworn-in on Oct. 1 that year.

“It is worthy of note to state that Shagari assembled the best set of Nigerians into his cabinet, suggesting that he was willing to change track and tactics to move the nation in the right direction,’’ he said.

He added that Shagari was simply an embodiment of humility and decency.

“May his gentle soul rest in peace, even as we pray to God to grant him eternal rest,” he said.(NNN)


Edited by Chioma Ugboma

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Shagari’s death is a heavy loss to Nigeria -Ekweremadu

By Stanley Nwanosike





By Stanley Nwanosike

Enugu, Dec. 28, 2018 (NNN) The Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, has expressed deep grief over the passing on of the Second Republic President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari.

Ekweremmadu said on Friday in Enugu that Shagari’s death was a heavy loss to the nation.

He noted that the late elder statesman was a “sage and democrat”.

“I received with a heavy heart the news of the passing on of the Second Republic President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari.

“He was a democrat by nature, orientation and conviction.

“He was a patriot par excellence, a detribalised elder statesman, bridge-builder, servant-leader, and an epitome of humility, who served the nation and humanity most creditably.

“In and out of office, Shagari clothed the office of the President with decorum and social grace,’’ he said.

Ekweremadu said although the late elder statesman lived to a ripe age of 93, his wealth of experience and treasury of wisdom would still have been most invaluable in the quest to build the Nigeria of our dreams.

“I, therefore, send my heartfelt condolences to his family, the government and good people of Sokoto State, President Muhammadu Buhari, and the nation over this irreparable loss.

“May God grant his soul eternal repose,” he said. (NNN)



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