Aminu Shagari, the son of former Nigerian President, Shehu Shagari, has revealed how President Muhammadu Buhari upset him and his family sooner than and after the lack of lifetime of his father.
He made the revelation in an interview with Punch Newspaper.
He acknowledged although his late father “forgave his offenders, he never forgot their offences”, referring to how Mr Buhari as a navy officer “betrayed” and toppled Mr Shagari in 1983.
Mr Shagari, who was president between 1979 and 1983, handed away on December 28, aged 93. He was eradicated in a navy coup led by Nigeria’s current president, Muhammadu Buhari.
Years after, Mr Buhari was elected as a civilian president in 2015 and is on the point of run for yet another tenure in 2019.
President Buhari had on December 30 traveled to Sokoto to pay a condolence go to to the family of the earlier president.
He moreover ordered that flags must be flown at half-mast for three days the least bit navy formations and public areas inside the nation.
In the Punch interview revealed Sunday, Aminu Shagari was requested what courses he learnt from the irony that the beneficiary of the coup that ousted his father’s administration praised him when he paid a condolence go to to his family.
In his response, he expressed disappointment in Mr Buhari. He acknowledged his father did not get the form of consideration anticipated from “the person who overthrew his administration”.
“First, let me say that though our father forgave his offenders, one issue as human beings is that, it does not matter what, one cannot overlook. Till he died, our father did not get the form of consideration anticipated from the one which overthrew his administration.
After all investigations, he didn’t uncover him culpable,” he acknowledged. In our private little method, we supported the incumbent President and from the time he grew to turn into president, I may not say there could also be any communication between us. I really feel we must always at all times have gotten further from the one which was close to our father nevertheless overthrew his authorities,” Punch quoted him saying.
He further outlined that his expectations of President Buhari’s go to in no way materialised as none of them heard any “words of comfort” from the president.
“When he acquired right here, we anticipated to pay attention to 1 factor from him like some phrases of comfort. But we didn’t hear such because of he didn’t say one thing. We gave him the condolence register. He solely signed and put the date.
Personally, I was very upset with that. I anticipated that not lower than, as Muslim, he would write, ‘May Allah forgive him and may Allah forgive us when our time comes.’ That makes me terribly upset in him,” he acknowledged.
Mr Shagari who described his late father as a very humble, delicate, soft-spoken and really loving father, acknowledged his lack of life was a terrific loss to him, his family and the nation at huge.