Buhari, Obaseki, IBB, Others Mourn Late Shagaya
President Muhammadu Buhari, former Military President Ibrahim Babangida, Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, former Senate President David Mark and the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) last night mourned the passage of Gen Shagaya.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said in a statement:
“The President pays tribute to the great Nigerian whose legacies will live on in the patriotic work he did as a military officer who rose to the position of a General, and a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic that ably represented the Plateau Southern zone.
“The President affirms that at each step of his distinguished career in national service and politics, Gen. Shagaya brought his deep convictions and discipline to national, regional and community assignments and was ready to always offer his best to the development and stability of the country.
“President Buhari prays that God almighty will comfort all who mourn him and grant his soul eternal rest.”
Gen. Babangida, who appointed the late Shagaya as minister of internal affair, said he “received with great shock the sudden demise of one of the brilliant retired military officers.”
“General Shagaya until his death had been an ardent supporter of the unity of Nigeria as a nation and a peace builder irrespective of ethnicism, tribalism and religious bigotry.”
Mark in a statement by his media assistant, Paul Mumeh, said: “I am shocked, I am sad, he was my friend, comrade and colleague. He was among the best fertile minds in the Armed Forces during our days in the Nigerian Army.
“He believed in the sanctity of our unity. He believed in the rule of law and in a society where every citizen is free to pursue his or her legitimate ambition in any part of the country without fear or molestation intimidation.
“After our retirement from the army, we reunited again in the 6th Senate in the service of our father land.
“His death is a huge personal loss to me. I have lost a bosom friend, a pathfinder and a patriot.
“Nigeria has lost one of her finest and fertile minds. I am however consoled that he left positive footprint on the sand of time. I am convinced that his legacy of uncommon commitment to the ideals of nationhood will endure and will be a reference point in many years to come.”
The ACF, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary Alhaji Muhammad Biu, “Nigeria has lost one of its fineness politicians, a bridge builder and a leader who lived a simple and humble life.
“ACF extends its condolences to the Shagaya family, the government and the good people of Plateau state and all Nigerians over the demise of Senator John N Shagaya. May his gentle soul rest in peace.”
Obaseki said Shagaya “was a strong advocate of a united, progressive and prosperous Nigeria and his contributions will be greatly missed as the nation’s democracy continues to evolve.”
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