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The body of late former president, Sheu Shagari, has left the nation’s capital Abuja to sokoto his hometown for burial later today.
His body will be received by tm sokoto state Governor Aminu Tambuwal before being transported to his home town in Shagari local government area of the state.
Shagari died on Friday, December 28th,2018.at the National hospital in Abuja after brief illness.
The 93 years old, who was Nigeria’s first executive president in 1979 to 1983 when his administration was truncated by a military coup.
His demise was announced on twitter handle of sokoto Governor and Grandson of the the late demise, Bello Shagari.
“I regret to announce the death of former president Sheu Shagari who just passed away at National Hospital Abuja. May his soul rest in peace “. Aminu Tambuwal.
” I regret announcing the death of my grandfather, H.E. Alhaji Sheu Shagari, who died right now after brief illness at the National Hospital, Abuja” Bello Shagari.
*Brief Bio of the demise*
Shagari according to Wikipedia was born in 1925 in the northern Shagari village founded by his great-grandfather, Ahmadu Rufa’i,.
Shagari started his education in a Quranic school and then went to live with relatives at a nearby town, where from 1931-1935 he attended Yabo elementary school. In 1936-1940, he went to Sokoto for middle school, and then from 1941-1944 he attended Kaduna College.
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 1967 he was appointed as the secretary for Sokoto province education development fund. From 1968-1969, Shagari was given a state position in the North Western State as commissioner for establishments.
After the Nigerian civil war, from 1970-1971, Shagari was appointed by the military head of state General Yakubu Gowon as the federal commissioner for economic development, rehabilitation and reconstruction.
From 1971-75 he served as the Federal commissioner (a position now called minister) of finance. During his tenure as the commissioner of finance for Nigeria, Shagari was also a governor for the world bank and a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) committee of twenty.
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.
Shagari ran for a second four-year term in 1983 and won the general election, however, on 31 December 1983, Shagari was overthrown by major general Muhammadu Buhari.