President Muhammadu Buhari has ironically pledged to institute a suitable memorial to immortalise the country’s first Executive President, Shehu Shagari, who passed away on Friday, aged 93.
President Muhammadu Buhari made the promise on Sunday during a condolence visit to the Shagari family in Sokoto, Sokoto State.
Recall that Mr. Buhari and his fellow coup plotters had on new year eve in 1983 overthrown the then President Shagari, who had just won reelction, accusing him of griandose corruption.
Earlier Nigerians had taken to Twitter to blast Buhari for eulogizing Shagari after his death, without apologizing for overthrowing his government.
However, in a letter sent to Governor Aminu Tambuwal by Buhari, which was read by the governor during his condolence visit, 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.
“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.”
Former president Shagari, who died on Friday at the National Hospital Abuja, was buried according to Islamic rites on Saturday in his village, Shagari in Sokoto.