By O’star Eze
Mr Peter Obi, Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the 2019 general elections, while mourning his demise, recently described late Alhaji Shehu Shagari, former president of Nigeria, as “worthy of emulation” .
Describing Shagari’s death as “a national loss”, Obi said that the late head of state embodied all the qualities of a good leader. He said that Shagari was dedicated to the progress of Nigeria and initiated several policies to facilitate that which included “green revolution.”
“The late sage was an urbane, humble, polished and tolerant politician.”
Obi therefore called on Nigerians to emulate his life of service, patriotism and devotion to ennobling values.
Speaking through a press release made available to our correspondent, Dr Chira said that Shagari was “one Nigerian that was blind to tribal and religious diversities both as a political appointee and as a president and made his administration felt by every nook and cranny of the country.”
Chira attributed this as one of the reasons he won his re-election bid which was truncated by the General Muhammad Buhari led coup. He also called on Nigerian politicians to “emulate the noble qualities exhibited by the late Shagari especially a mindset that sees all Nigerians as one.”
Orient Daily recalls that late Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari GCFR, was a Nigerian politician who served as the first and only President of Nigeria‘s Second Republic, after the handover of power by General Olusegun Obasanjo’s military government.
He served as the president from October 1, 1979 to December 31, 1983. He died yesterday, December 28, 2019, in National Hospital, Abuja after a brief illness.