Just in: Shagari to be buried on Saturday, December 29

Just in: Shagari to be buried on Saturday, December 29

- Late Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Nigeria's former president will be buried tomorrow, Saturday, December 29, in Sokoto

- The late President would be flown from Abuja to Sokoto for burial in accordance with Islamic rites

- Shagari was president 1979 to 1983 and won re-election before being dethroned by a coup d’etat that brought in Muhammadu Buhari

Former president of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari who died Friday, December 28, will be buried tomorrow in Sokoto, according to the family.

His grandson, Nuradeen Mahe, told newsmen in Sokoto that the late president would be flown from Abuja to Sokoto for burial on Saturday, in accordance with Islamic rites.

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Shagari, who was 93, died at 6: 40pm at the National Hospital in Abuja. Mahe said he was flown to Abuja after his health deteriorated.

Shagari was president 1979 to 1983 and won re-election before being dethroned by a coup d’etat that brought in Muhammadu Buhari as military head of state.

The former leader was born February 25, 1925 in Shagari, in Sokoto. After his early education, he worked as a teacher for a brief period before entering politics in 1951.

In 1954, he was elected to the federal House of Representatives.

He served seven times in a ministerial or cabinet post as a federal minister and federal commissioner from 1958–1975, before he was elected president in 1979. He won a disputed re-election in 1983 that accelerated a military coup three months later after he was sworn in and the economy was on a precipitous decline.

Recall that Legit.ng had reported that Nigeria's first executive president Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, was dead.

His grandson, Bello Shagari, confirmed that the president in the second republic, from 1979 to 1983, died at the National Hospital, Abuja, on Friday, December 28, at the age of 93 in a tweet.

“I regret announcing the death of my grandfather, H.E Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who died right now after brief illness at the National hospital, Abuja,” he tweeted.

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