The body of the first and only President of Nigeria’s Second Republic (1979–1983), Alhaji Shehu Shagari GCFR, who passed on Friday evening at the age 93, has been laid to rest at his private residence in his hometown, Shagari Local Government Area of Sokoto state.
He was interred at exactly 3.30pm after the funeral prayers led by Professor Shehu Galadanchi, former Vice-Chancellor, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto.
The former President Shagari, was flown to Abuja last Tuesday after becoming terribly ill, but he eventually died on Friday.
His corpse arrived at the Sultan Abubakar airport, Sokoto, and was received by Governor Aminu Tambuwal, alongside members of the state executive council, on it onward journey to his final resting place in Shagari.
Other dignitaries are federal government delegation, led by Boss Mustapha, Secretary to Government of the Federation, and governors of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states.
Also in attendance are former governor Attahiru Bafarawa, former Independent National Electoral Commission chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, Waziri Sokoto, Professor Junaid Walk, Senator Aliyu Wamakko, former Minister, Mukhtar Shagari, and several others.
Shehu Usman Shagari joined politics in 1951, when he was made the secretary of the Northern People’s Congress in Sokoto, Nigeria, a position he held until 1956.
In 1954, Shehu Shagari was elected into his first public office as a member of the federal house of representative for Sokoto West.
In 1958, Shagari was appointed as parliamentary secretary (he left the post in 1959) to the Nigerian Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and that year he also served as the federal minister for commerce and Industries.
From 1959 to 1960, Shagari served as the federal minister for economic development.
From 1960 to 1962, served as the Federal Minister for Pensions.
From 1962-1965, Shagari was made the Federal minister for internal affairs.
From 1965 up until the first military coup in January 1966, Shagari was the federal minister for works.
In 1967 he was made the secretary for Sokoto province education development fund.
From 1968-1969, Shagari was promoted to a state position in the North Western State as commissioner for establishments.
Following the Nigerian civil war, from 1970 to 1971, Shagari was appointed by the military head of state General Yakubu Gowon to serves as the federal commissioner for economic development, rehabilitation and reconstruction.
Shagari ran for a second four-year term in 1983 and won the general election,
however, on 31 December 1983, his government was overthrown by major general Muhammadu Buhari.