Shehu Shagari: National Honour Begins For Late Former President
All flags in Nigeria are to fly at half-mast in honour of the Second Republic President, Shehu Shagari, who died on Friday at the age of 93.
President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, paid tribute once again to the late President Shehu Shagari and directing that flags should fly at half-mast in military and para-military formations for three days.
Flags at public buildings are also to fly at half-mast for the number of days starting from Sunday, December 30, 2018.
In the statement President Buhari declared: "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.
"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.
"Over the years, through interaction at the Council of State, he and I came to understand and appreciate each other, whatever the differences we may have had in the past.
"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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