President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered that all flags are to be flown at Half Mast at the Presidential Villa in Abuja in honour of Late Shehu Shagari.
This was confirmed in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Femi Adesina, the flags will be flown in military and para-military formations, as well as public buildings for three days, starting from Sunday, December 30, 2018.
The statement read, “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.”
Shagari, who is the First Executive President of Nigeria, died on Friday, December 28, 2018, at the National Hospital in Abuja after a brief illness at the age of 93.