President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a condolence message to the family of Shehu Shagari over the demise of Nigeria’s first elected president.
The former Nigerian leader died on Friday at the National Hospital in Abuja, the nation’s capital. He was 93 years.
His grandson, Bello Shagari, announced his death on Twitter.
And in his reaction, Buhari, speaking through his top media aide Femi Adesina, said: “On behalf of my family, the government and the people of Nigeria, it is with immense sadness that I received the news of the passing away of the First Executive President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari which event happened on Friday in Abuja.”
Buhari, who was the then senior military officer who overthrew the administration of Shagari in 1983, said the ex-president’s death was that of a patriot whose life of service and humility was widely acknowledged.
“More specifically, we celebrate the role modelling qualities of integrity, diligence and humility that have been the hallmark of your visionary leadership,” Buhari said in a statement.