President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his sadness over the news of the passing of former President Shehu Shagari who died on Friday. 

In a statement posted on his Twitter page, President Buhari said he mourned the departure of Shagari whom he described as a patriot.

"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.

"I mourn the departure of a patriot, who served Nigeria with humility, integrity and diligence.

"Nigerians held him in the highest esteem even when he was out of office, until his demise, and will forever miss his wise counsels.

"I pray that Almighty God will comfort his family and all who mourn him, and grant his soul eternal rest," the man who toppled his government and became the Head of State back in 1983 wrote.

The man, who has focused on fighting corruption in this dispensation, had at that time accused Late Shagari of corruption among other allegations. 

Other past Nigerian leaders have also issued statements on his death, extending their condolences to his family.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan condoled with the family of Shehu Shagari and the people of Sokoto State over his demise.

He described the Second Republic President as a nation builder who cemented a good relationship between the North and South.

For former military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida, who was one of the military officers that toppled ex-President Shagari’s government in December 1983, the late leader was a “quintessential public servant who was “Beckoned to Serve”.

“My heart and prayers go to his Family, the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Sokoto Caliphate and Sokoto state,” Babangida wrote.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has also extolled the late former president, Shehu Shagari’s role in Nigeria’s pre- and post-independence politics. 

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“It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to say how deeply grieved I was to hear of the death of His Excellency, President Shehu Usman Shagari.

“On behalf of my family and on my own behalf, I wish to commiserate with you, the entire members of his family and the good people of Sokoto State over the passing of this humble, patriotic, amiable and notable Nigerian leader.

“He held various positions as a parliamentarian in the Federal House of Representatives representing Sokoto West in 1954, as a Parliamentarian Secretary 1958-1959, as a Federal Minister and Commissioner in different ministries and capacities between 1959 and 1975," Obasanjo wrote. 

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