President Muhammadu Buhari was in Sokoto on Sunday. 

It was a condolence visit to the family of the late former, President Shehu Shagari who died on December 28. 

He had a chat with members of Shagari's family and assured them that the Federal Government would in due course, institute a suitable memorial to immortalise the country's first Executive President who died at the age of 93.

In a letter to the Sokoto State governor, Mr Aminu Tambuwal, read by the governor at the event, the President said:

"I received the very sad news of the passing away of Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

"This, indeed, is a grievous loss, which will be felt throughout Nigeria, irrespective of any difference.

"The late Alhaji Shagari was a landmark figure being virtually our last link to the post-independence government of Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa , and the first elected Executive President of Nigeria.

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"Please convey to his immediate family, the government and the people of Sokoto State my heartfelt condolences on the passing away of this great statesman.

"The Federal Government will in due course institute a suitable memorial to the late former President.

"May his soul rest in peace".

President Buhari also signed a condolence register at the residence of the departed leader whose government was overthrown by President Buhari in 1983. 

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