President Muhammadu Buhari has paid tribute once again to the late President Shehu Aliyu 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, 2018.
In a statement he personally signed, the President declared: “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.”
Also, the Governor of Sokoto State, Rt. Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has in consultation with the Sultanate Council, declared Monday, December 31st, 2018 as Public Holiday and Special Prayer day on the death of former President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari.
A statement signed and released by his Director General, Media and publicity to the Governor, “The State Government therefore, requests the Imams of mosques across the State and the general public to dedicate the day for special supplications for the repose of the soul of the former president and for peace and progress of the nation at large”.
The statement also directs that all flags at public and private premises be flown at half mast in honor of the late former President Shehu Shagari.