‘I will forever miss his counsel’ – Buhari mourns Shagari

President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the passing of Nigeria’s first elected President, Shehu Shagari, who passed away on Friday in Abuja.

The ex president according to his grandson, Bello Shagari, suffered a brief illness before passing away at 93, at the National Hospital, Abuja.

President Buhari, who was in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state to flag off his campaign ahead of the 2019 presidential election, when the demise occurred said his family, government and Nigerians mourn the death of a patriot.

In a few tweets on Saturday morning, Buhari who toppled Shagari’s government in 1983 said, Shagari served Nigeria with humility, integrity and diligence.

He wrote:

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.

I mourn the departure of a patriot, who served Nigeria with humility, integrity and diligence. Nigerians held him in the highest esteem even when he was out of office, until his demise, and will forever miss his wise counsels.

I pray that Almighty God will comfort his family and all who mourn him, and grant his soul eternal rest.

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