He later served as Federal Commissioner for Finance. THIS REPUBLIC  BY SHAKA MOMODU Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari GCFR, served as the first and only President of Nigeria’s Second Republic, after the handover of power by General Olusegun Obasanjo’s military government. “I regret announcing the death of my grandfather, H.E Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who died right now after brief illness at the National hospital, Abuja.” Bello Shagari tweeted on his official twitter handle @Belshagy at 7.04pm on Friday. He was elected to represent his constituency (Sokoto Southwest) in the parliament. A family source told THISDAY that the remains of the former President would be flown to Sokoto on Saturday morning. He won the bitterly contested presidential elections in 1983, but the state of the economy and corruption in his administration worsened, and on December 31, 1983, a military coup led by Maj. Gen. Muhammad Buhari toppled the government, and Shagari was arrested. He was aged 93. Alhaji Shagari die afta e sick small for National hospital, Abuja, according to im family member. Shagari took several steps to try to strengthen the economy—cutting the budget, calling in the International Monetary Fund and expelling aliens (mostly Ghanaians) in 1983. Earlier that year, my elder brother Ibrahim entered Koko Secondary School, then at its temporary site in Birnin Kebbi, and he found himself in the same class with Shagari’s son, Ahmadu. He was 90. Shagari reportedly died at the National Hospital Abuja on Friday after a brief illness. Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari GCFR (25 February 1925 – 28 December 2018) was a Nigerian statesman who was the first democratically elected President of Nigeria, after the transfer of power by military head of state General Olusegun Obasanjo in 1979 giving rise to the Second Nigerian Republic. He later became the Minister of Works and Survey in 1963. He has many children. He faced Awolowo in 1979 and narrowly defeated him in presidential elections after the military government led by Olusegun Obasanjo allowed a return to civilian rule. Shagari was overthrown by General Muhammadu Buhari in a military coup on December 31, 1983. Shagari took several steps to try to strengthen the economy—cutting the budget, calling in the International Monetary Fund, and expelling two million aliens (mostly Ghanaians) in 1983. Shagari returned to politics in the build up to the 1979 elections when he flew the presidential flag of the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN). Shehu Shagari. In 1978 he helped form the National party, and his subsequent election as president marked the end of 13 years of military rule in Nigeria. Shagari was 93 years of age when he died. The former president died on Friday evening at the National Hospital Abuja. Shagari had four wives, two of whom are reported to have survived him. In a letter by Buhari to Margaret Thatcher, he took time to explain why he engineered a coup to oust the government of Alhaji Sheu Shagari.. Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari Family Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari married three wives: Amina, Aishatu, Hadiza Shagari. Shagari was cleared of personal corruption charges and released from detention in 1986 but was banned from participation in Nigerian politics for life. He was the second President of Nigeria’s Second Republic (1979–1983), after the handover of power by General Olusegun Obasanjo's military government. After the college,  Shagari became a science teacher at the Sokoto Middle School. The first executive president of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari died yesterday at the National Hospital Abuja, aged 93. When the military ousted the First Republic government in 1966,  Shagari returned to Sokoto Native Authority. The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd), was in Sokoto State on Saturday to visit former president, Alhaji Shehu Shagari. In later years, the honorific Alhaji was added to his name to denote his participation in the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, which began in 1960. Though Alhaji Sheu Shagari hardly steal but his NPN looted Nigeria dry so it inevitable to overthrown them. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. - Shagari was president 1979 to 1983 and won re-election before being dethroned by a coup d’etat that brought in Muhammadu Buhari . He has many children. When Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Nigeria’s first elected President, died on December 28 last year at the ripe age of 93, there was an outpouring of encomium by Nigerians of different walks of life. Shehu Shagari, in full Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, (born 1925, Shagari, Nigeria—died December 28, 2018, Abuja, Nigeria), Nigerian politician, president of Nigeria from 1979 to 1983. He was 93. On 24 August 2001, his wife, Aisha Shagari, died in a London hospital from a brief illness. He was 93. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. From there,  he attended a primary school in Yabo,  and later attended Splits Middle School from where he went to Kaduna College, a school originally created to be a teacher training college. Corrections? A member of the Muslim Fulani people of northern Nigeria and a descendant of a tribe that had founded his home village, Shagari studied at … T he death of Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, the Second Republic President, on Friday the 28th of December, 2018, after a brief illness, at the National Hospital, Abuja, has justifiably thrown the country into mourning over the loss of one of its uncommon patriots. On his part, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, has commiserated with the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa'ad Abubakar, over the death of former President Shehu Shagari. However, His most visible children are Captain Muhammad Bala Shagari Rtd. Basheer Adamu Gobir writes this mourning poem to commend his mentor, while listing some of his achievements, his selfless service to Nigerians and others. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed ), memorial page for Shehu Shagari (25 Feb 1925–28 Dec 2018), Find a Grave Memorial no. Shagari, Alhaji Shehu (Usman Aliyu) b. c. 1924,, Shagari, Nigeria president of Nigeria from 1979 to 1983, leader of the National Party. May his Soul Rest in Peace,” Tambuwal tweeted. Alhaji Shehu Shagari Almost 35years after he was overthrown from power, former President Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari answered his final call last month. He was aged 93. Shagari’s death was also confirmed by his grandson, Bello Shagari, who tweeted that the former President died after a brief illness. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). In 1946, Shagari and Mallam Gambo Abuja jointly formed the Youth Social Circle,  a political organisation that operated in Sokoto. Alhaji Shehu Usman Shagari, who died on Friday, December 28, 2018, was Nigeria’s first executive president from 1979 to 1983. He was cleared of all allegations of personal corruption and released from detention in 1986, but was banned from participation in Nigerian politics for life. Updates? At the age of four,  Shehu Shagari, the Turakin Sakkwato, was registered in a Quranic school. Shagari, Alhaji Shehu, 1925–, president of Nigeria (1979–83). Shagari was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister,  Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, in 1958. Uganda’s Museveni in Early Lead as Electoral Commission Releases Results of... 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The source also said burial would hold at 2pm in Shagari Local Government Area of Sokoto State. Former president of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari who died Friday, December 28, will be buried tomorrow in Sokoto, according to the family. Shagari who did not set out to bid for power as president was, however, […] Among the early callers at the National Hospital Friday night were Chief Audu Ogbeh, Senator Ibrahim Dansadau and House of Representatives member, Hon. Omissions? The death of Alhaji Shehu Shagari shock entire Sokoto, Northern Nigeria(Arewa) and Nigeria at large as they lost a father, patroitic leader who set the pace for our future leaders to follow. By Oladipo Awojobi First Executive President of Nigeria, Alhaji Sheh Shagari, is dead. His demise was announced on twitter by his grandson, Bello Shagari. Governor Tambuwal was said to be by his bedside when he died. In 1948, the Youth Social Circle of Shehu Shagari merged with some other political groups to form the Northern Peoples Congress (NPC) and in 1951, he became the secretary of the Northern People’s Congress in Sokoto, Nigeria, a position he held until 1956. The ban was later lifted by the government of General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), which overthrew the government of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari in 1986. Alhaji Shehu Shagari served in that capacity between 1971 and 1975, when the Gowon Government was sacked in a military coup, paving way for the emergence of the Murtala/ Obasanjo Military Regime. In 1970, the then head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, made Shagari the Federal Commissioner for Economic Development, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction. Thereafter,  he became the headmaster of a primary school in Argungu. The former president was 93. Alhaji Shehu Shagari sworn-in as Nigeria’s president after polling 5,688,657 votes. In 1967 he was appointed as the secretary for Sokoto province education development fund, and from 1968-1969, Shagari was given a state position in the North Western State as commissioner for establishments. Shagari was married  to three wives, Aishatu, Amina and Hadiza. Shagari was educated at Kaduna College and taught school briefly. Also at the National Hospital Friday night were his sons, Hon. Just when you think that you’ve heard or seen the worst of government’s bizarre pronouncements, you are suddenly faced... POLSCOPE by Eddy Odivwri   Eddy.Odivwri@thisdaylive.com By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, GCFR a Second Republic President of Nigeria, is dead. (Updated) Former President Shehu Shagari is Dead, Stakeholders Commend NAHCO Plc over Choice of New MD, Shagari Was a Democrat, Patriot Par Excellence, Says Ekweremadu, Expert Cautions FG against Politicisation of COVID-19 Vaccines Distribution. Shehu Shagari, in full Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, (born 1925, Shagari, Nigeria—died December 28, 2018, Abuja, Nigeria), Nigerian politician, president of Nigeria from 1979 to 1983.. Shagari’s great-grandfather founded the village from which the family took its name. 3 Likes 1 Share; Re: Picture Of Shehu Shagari Before His Death In Abuja by Nobody: 6:53pm On Dec 29, 2018; KingOfAllIgbos: He's looking for trouble if he doesn't have permission to … Samad Dasuki. From there,  he moved to Zaria Middle School. He emerged the winner of that election and became the first executive President of Nigeria. In 1959, he was made the Minister of Economic Development, and Minister of Internal Affairs. As news of the death of Alhaji Shehu Shagari flashed across Nigeria Friday evening, December 28th, 2018, the Second Republic president of Nigeria brings back to most citizens who observed him in power memories of the era of power by consensus. Photo: Nigerian Tribune . Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari was the first executive president of the federal republic of Nigeria between the years 1979 and 1983, a period known as the second republic, before his government was overthrown by the military. After a military coup in 1966 ended civilian government, he retired to his hometown. Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, announced his death on his official twitter handle @AWTambuwal on Friday. Aminu Shagari and Major Bala Shagari rtd. However, his most visible children are Captain Muhammad Bala Shagari Rtd. Free subscription Get the hottest stories from the largest news site in Nigeria. Shehu Shagari’s great-grandfather founded the village from which the family took its name. I first saw Alhaji Shehu Shagari at his house at Gobirawa Quarters, Sokoto sometime in 1972. Shagari also served seven times in a ministerial or cabinet post as a federal minister and … He died at the age of 93. Details on how Alh Shehu Shagari died Nigerian’s Second Republic President, Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, GCFR, is dead. Shagari, who was born on February Ring in the new year with a Britannica Membership. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. As one of the few northerners to show an interest in national politics, he ran for office in 1954 and was elected to the federal House of Representatives. At the end of his first four year tenure, he won the second presidential election in the Second Republic’s controversial presidential election in 1983, but the state of the economy and alleged corruption in his administration led to a military coup on December 31, 1983, led by the then Maj. Gen. Muhammad Buhari. He was reelected in 1983. According to a Channels Television report, Shagari died at the National Hospital Abuja on Friday after a brief illness. Shehu Shagari married three wives: Amina, Aishatu, Hadiza Shagari. Gen. Yakubu Gowon appointed him federal commissioner for economic development in 1971, a position he took over from Chief Obafemi Awolowo. He is also survived by many children and grandchildren. However,  during his regime, Nigerian economy was caught in the web of the international economic crisis of the early 1980s. Shagari was educated at Kaduna College and taught school briefly. Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who died at the National Hospital, Abuja last night at the age of 94, was President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the entire four years and three months of the Second Republic, 1979-83. By now, many Nigerians who have been living in denial about the existence and reality of COVID-19 should have been... Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Shagari was consequently placed under house arrest. and Aminu Shehu Shagari. The late elder statesman was born on February 25, 1925 to the family of Magaji Aliyu and Mariam,  both of Fulani extraction in the Northern Nigeria. The former president died on Friday evening at the National Hospital Abuja. Shagari, who celebrated his birthday on February 25, with all the former heads of states in Sokoto barely a … and Aminu Shehu Shagari. Nigeria was badly shaken by the international economic crisis of the early 1980s. This article was most recently revised and updated by, https://www.britannica.com/biography/Shehu-Shagari, OnlineNigeria - Biography of Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari. An haifi Alhaji Shehu Shagari a kauyen Shagari a shekarar 1925, kuma shi ne da na shida ga mahaifinsa Aliyu, magajin kauyen Shagari, wanda manomi ne, dan kasuwa yana kuma kiwo. 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