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Shehu Shagari dies at 93


Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari GCFR, (born February 25, 1925 – December 28, 2018[2][3]) served as the first and only President of Nigeria‘s Second Republic (1979–1983), after the handover of power by General Olusegun Obasanjo‘s military government. Shagari also served seven times in a ministerial or cabinet post as a federal minister and federal commissioner from 1958–1975.

Shehu Shagari

Shagari in 1980.
6th President of Nigeria
In office
October 1, 1979 – December 31, 1983
Vice President Alex Ekwueme
Preceded by Olusegun Obasanjo as Military Head of State
Succeeded by Muhammadu Buhari as Military Head of State
Federal Commissioner for Finance
In office
Preceded by Obafemi Awolowo
Succeeded by Asumoh Ete Ekukinam
Federal Commissioner for Economic Development, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction
In office
Federal Minister for Works
In office
Succeeded by S.O. Williams as Minister of Works and Housing[1]
Federal Minister for internal affairs
In office
Federal Minister for Pensions
In office
Federal Minister for Economic Development
In office
Federal Minister for Commerce and Industries
In office
Personal details
Born 25 February 1925 (age 93)
ShagariSokoto StateNigeria Protectorate
Political party National Party of Nigeria
Children Muhammad Bala Shagari
Aminu Shehu Shagari
Relatives Bello Bala Shagari(Grandson) Muktar Shagari(Nephew)

Shagari was made the Turaki of the Fula Sokoto Caliphatein 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. At 93, he died on 28th December 2018.

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