THE Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Muhammed Badaru Abubakar has condoled President Muham-madu Buhari, the Sultan of Sokoto, the people of Nigeria and the entire Muslim Umma on the passing away of Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari. The governor described the late Shagari as a humble, gentle and patriotic leader. Badaru prayed Allah almighty to grant his gentle soul rest in Jannatul Firdausi.
The Bauchi State Government said it received with shock the news of the death of former President. “He will be remembered for several reasons chief among which was his forgiving heart and tolerance. He was an unqualified democrat and lived by the tenets of his religion.A modest man.As a politician, he was even more modest giving more than he received.
“With his passage, a data bank of statecraft is gone and a big void created that may be difficult to fill.We take solace in the Quranic pledge that ‘every soul shall taste death’.We pray to Almighty Allah to grant his family and indeed all citizens of our great country,the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss,” Ali Ali, Special Adviser to Governor said.
Plateau State Governor, Rt Hon. Simon Lalong, also commiserated with Shagari’s family and Governor Aminu Tambuwal. He said the late first Executive President of Nigeria was a man of rare exemplary character, who epitomized patriotism, integrity, humility and maturity, whose wise counsel will be missed by the nation.
“I received the news of the death of former President Shehu Shagari with deep shock and sadness. He was a man of rare exemplary character who epitomized patriotism, integrity, humility and maturity. Shagari’s death has indeed robbed Nigeria of a great nationalist and uncommon elder statesman, whose wise counsel will be missed by the nation, especially in this critical epoch of her nation-building efforts,” Lalong said.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom joins millions of other Nigerians in mourning Shagari’s death. Ortom described the late former President as a true patriot who worked hard for the unity of the country. He stated that Shagari played a key role in the development of the country as its first Executive President and remained a pillar of democracy till his death. The Governor consoled members of the former President’s family in particular and the people of Sokoto State in general.