It was drama on Sunday, in Sokoto State, as President Muhammadu Buhari wrote only his name and date, in the Condolence Register in honour of former President, Shehu Shagari, who passed away on Friday, and was buried on Saturday.
Although, the President had on Saturday, paid tribute to the late former President, through a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, he however, wrote only his name, M. Buhari, and date, 30/12/ 2018, in the Condolence Register, when he visited the Sama road, Sokoto residence of Shagari, to condole with members of his family.
Buhari, who was accompanied on the visit by Governors Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), and Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Senator Aliyu Wamakko, and Sokoto State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Mannir Dan-Iya, among others, presented a Letter of Condolence to the Shagari family, which was read by Tambuwal, who rode in the same car with him.
However, President Goodluck Jonathan, wrote in the Condolence Register: “I called with King A. J. Turner, Hon. Tobias James, former Governor of Anambra State and now the PDP Vice Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, to condole with the family and State, on the death of our former President.
“H. E. Alhaji Shagari was a man with a pure heart. He was a good Leader, who meant well for our country. He served in various capacities, and made significant contribution to the growth and development of Nigeria.
He did his best as a President, from 1979-1983. May his soul rest in peace.”
Buhari who promised to immortalise Shagari, said through the Condolence Letter read by Tambuwal, that the Federal Government will in due course, institute a suitable memorial to immortalise the late President.
The letter read: “I received the very sad news of the passing away of Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“This, indeed, is a grievous loss, which will be felt throughout Nigeria, irrespective of any difference. The late Alhaji Shagari was a landmark figure, being virtually our last link to the post-independence government of Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, and the first elected Executive President of Nigeria.
“Please convey to his immediate family, the government and the people of Sokoto State. my heartfelt condolences, on the passing away of this great Statesman.”
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