Former President Shehu Shagari. Dailytrust

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal has in a statement declared Monday, December 31, as a public holiday in the state.

According to the governor, the holiday is to enable residents offer a special prayer for the repose of the soul of former President, Shehu Shagari.

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The statement which was contained by Tambuwal’s Director General, Media and Public Affairs, Malam Abubakar Shekara was made available to newsmen on Saturday in Sokoto.

He said, “The state government therefore, requests Imams across Sokoto and the general public to dedicate the day for special prayers for the repose of the soul of the former President and for peace and progress of the nation at large.

“The government also directs all flags at public and private premises be flown at half mast in honor of the late former President, Shehu Shagari.”