The First Executive President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari has passed away. He served as Nigeria’s president from October 1, 1979 – December 31, 1983 before handing power over to the military government.

Commenting on the news, Nigeria’s President Buhari 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. 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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