Breaking: Ex-President Shehu Shagari is dead

Shehu Shagari, first and only president of Nigeria’s second republic (1979–1983), is dead.

A family source disclosed this, saying he died at the National Hospital, Abuja, on Friday.

According to Wikipedia Shagari served seven times in a ministerial or cabinet post as a federal minister and federal commissioner from 1958–1975.

Shagari was made the Turaki of the Fula Sokoto Caliphate in 1962 by the Sultan of Sokoto Siddiq Abubakar III. Turaki means an officer at court, in this case referring to the sultan’s court at the palace of Sokoto.

In addition, he also holds the chieftaincy titles of the Ochiebuzo of Ogbaland, the Ezediale of Aboucha and the Baba Korede of Ado Ekiti.

He worked as a teacher for a brief period before entering politics in 1951 and in 1954 was elected to the federal House of Representatives.

 

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