President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in Sokoto on Sunday morning to commiserate with the family of the first executive president of Nigeria, President Shehu Aliyu Shagari, who died on Friday at 93.
The president was in Sokoto to commiserate with the famiy of the late Shagari, Governor Waziri Tambuwal and the people of Sokoto State.
Late President Shagari’s remains were buried on Saturday in his village Shagari in Sokoto State. President Buhari was not at the burial attended among others by Governors of Kebbi and Zamfara States, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu and Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari.
President Buhari had on Saturday paid tributes once again to the late President 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, President Buhari 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.”