President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed good disappointment on the knowledge of the passing away of the First Executive President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari.
President Buhari acknowledged, “ 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 Friday in Abuja”
The President described the demise as a result of the departure of a patriot whose lifetime of service and humility was broadly acknowledged.
President Buhari recalled part of the birthday message he (Buhari) despatched to him last February when he acknowledged, “ we’re enthralled and regaled with the assorted years of unequalled patriotism, sacrifices and contributions to nationwide development.
More notably, we’ve a superb time the perform modelling qualities of integrity, diligence and humility which had been the hallmark of your visionary administration.”
President Buhari is however, grateful to God that Alhaji Shagari lived to a ripe age and led an exemplary life, which he urges Nigerians of all walks of life to emulate.
“Nigerians held him in the highest esteem even when he was out of office until his demise and will forever miss his wise counsels.”
He prayed that Almighty God will comfort the family of the ex-president and all those who mourn him and may grant the soul of the late nonagerian eternal leisure.