- President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered that flags should fly at half-mast in military and para-military formations, as well as public buildings for three days
- The president made the directive in honour of late president Shehu Shagari, who passed away on Friday, December 28
- The flying of flags at half-mast will commence on Sunday, December 30, and will last till January 1
President Muhammadu Buhari has paid tribute once again to the late president Shehu Shagari, directing that flags should fly at half-mast in military and para-military formations, as well as public buildings for three days, starting from Sunday, December 30.
Legit.ng gathers that the disclosure was made on Saturday, December 29, by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.
Eulogising the former president, President Buhari said: "The late President represented almost the last link with the government of our Founding Fathers under Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. He was also the first elected President of Nigeria.
"The late Alhaji Shagari was a man of many parts: teacher, local authority administrator, politician, minister, and finally President. He served his country with dedication and moderation.
"Over the years, through interaction at the Council of State, he and I came to understand and appreciate each other, whatever the differences we may have had in the past.
"On behalf of the Federal Government, myself and family, I send my condolences to the people of Nigeria, particularly to the late President's family and the Government and people of Sokoto State. May his soul rest in peace."
Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari 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 was contained in a statement issued by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Friday, December 28.
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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.”
President Buhari described the death as the departure of a patriot whose life of service and humility was widely acknowledged.
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