President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday, declared three days mourning to mark the demise of former President Shehu Shagari who died on Friday in Abuja.
Buhari in his second tribute to late President via tweets on his official handle @MBuhari directed that flags should fly at half-mast in military and para-military formations, as well as public buildings for three days, starting from Sunday.
President Buhari, in a statement he signed, himself, remarked that “The late President represented almost the last link with the government of our Founding Fathers under Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. He was also the first elected President of Nigeria.”
He also noted that, “The late Alhaji Shagari was a man of many parts: teacher, local authority administrator, politician, minister, and finally President. He served his country with dedication and moderation.
“On behalf of the Federal Government, myself and family, I send my condolences to the People of Nigeria, particularly, to the late President’s family and the Government and People of Sokoto State. May his soul rest in peace.”
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