Shehu Shagari is dead (Breaking News)

Nigeria’s first executive president, Alhaji Shehu Shagari is dead. He died,Friday, at the National Hospital, Abuja after a brief illness .

Bello Shagari, his grandson, confirmed his death in a tweet.

โ€œI regret announcing the death of my grandfather, H.E Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who died right now after brief illness at the National hospital, Abuja,โ€ he tweeted.

The deceased was president in the second republic, from 1979 to 1983, before he was overthrown in a coup by Muhammadu Buhari.

Shagari would have been 94 on February 25, 2019.

Shagari served as the first and onlyย Presidentย ofย Nigeria‘sย Second Republicย (1979โ€“1983), after the handover of power by Generalย Olusegun Obasanjo‘s military government. Shagari also served seven times in a ministerial or cabinet post as a federal minister and federal commissioner from 1958โ€“1975.

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Shagari was made theย Turakiย of theย Fulaย Sokoto Caliphateย in 1962 by the Sultan of Sokotoย 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 theย chieftaincyย titles of theย Ochiebuzoย of Ogbaland, theย Ezedialeย of Aboucha and theย Baba Koredeย of Ado Ekiti.

He worked as a teacher for a brief period before entering politics in 1951 and in 1954 was elected to the federalย House of Representatives. Atย 93, he died on 28th December 2018.

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