Shehu Shagari’s great-grandfather founded the village from which the family took its name. This article was most recently revised and updated by, https://www.britannica.com/biography/Shehu-Shagari, OnlineNigeria - Biography of Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari. He was 93. Former president of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari who died Friday, December 28, will be buried tomorrow in Sokoto, according to the family. Alhaji Shagari die afta e sick small for National hospital, Abuja, according to im family member. The ban was later lifted by the government of General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), which overthrew the government of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari in 1986. At the end of his first four year tenure, he won the second presidential election in the Second Republic’s controversial presidential election in 1983, but the state of the economy and alleged corruption in his administration led to a military coup on December 31, 1983, led by the then Maj. Gen. Muhammad Buhari. Nigeria was badly shaken by the international economic crisis of the early 1980s. He was the second President of Nigeria’s Second Republic (1979–1983), after the handover of power by General Olusegun Obasanjo's military government. However, His most visible children are Captain Muhammad Bala Shagari Rtd. According to a Channels Television report, Shagari died at the National Hospital Abuja on Friday after a brief illness. Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari was the first executive president of the federal republic of Nigeria between the years 1979 and 1983, a period known as the second republic, before his government was overthrown by the military. Photo: Nigerian Tribune . In later years, the honorific Alhaji was added to his name to denote his participation in the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, which began in 1960. Shagari was Nigeria’s president in the second Republic that started in 1979. First Executive President of Nigeria, Alhaji Sheh Shagari, is dead. Free subscription Get the hottest stories from the largest news site in Nigeria. He was aged 93. Shagari also served seven times in a ministerial or cabinet post as a federal minister and … 195646730, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Burial Details Unknown. In 1967 he was appointed as the secretary for Sokoto province education development fund, and from 1968-1969, Shagari was given a state position in the North Western State as commissioner for establishments. Just when you think that you’ve heard or seen the worst of government’s bizarre pronouncements, you are suddenly faced... POLSCOPE by Eddy Odivwri   Eddy.Odivwri@thisdaylive.com He is also survived by many children and grandchildren. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. At the age of four,  Shehu Shagari, the Turakin Sakkwato, was registered in a Quranic school. Shagari was cleared of personal corruption charges and released from detention in 1986 but was banned from participation in Nigerian politics for life. However,  during his regime, Nigerian economy was caught in the web of the international economic crisis of the early 1980s. A member of the Muslim Fulani people of northern Nigeria and a descendant of a tribe that had founded his home village, Shagari studied at … The late elder statesman was born on February 25, 1925 to the family of Magaji Aliyu and Mariam,  both of Fulani extraction in the Northern Nigeria. A family source told THISDAY that the remains of the former President would be flown to Sokoto on Saturday morning. In 1970, the then head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, made Shagari the Federal Commissioner for Economic Development, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction. From there,  he moved to Zaria Middle School. When Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Nigeria’s first elected President, died on December 28 last year at the ripe age of 93, there was an outpouring of encomium by Nigerians of different walks of life. Shagari, who celebrated his birthday on February 25, with all the former heads of states in Sokoto barely a … He was elected to represent his constituency (Sokoto Southwest) in the parliament. Shehu Shagari, in full Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, (born 1925, Shagari, Nigeria—died December 28, 2018, Abuja, Nigeria), Nigerian politician, president of Nigeria from 1979 to 1983. He faced Awolowo in 1979 and narrowly defeated him in presidential elections after the military government led by Olusegun Obasanjo allowed a return to civilian rule. He has many children. After the college,  Shagari became a science teacher at the Sokoto Middle School. By now, many Nigerians who have been living in denial about the existence and reality of COVID-19 should have been... Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Shagari was married  to three wives, Aishatu, Amina and Hadiza. Shagari took several steps to try to strengthen the economy—cutting the budget, calling in the International Monetary Fund, and expelling two million aliens (mostly Ghanaians) in 1983. Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who died at the National Hospital, Abuja last night at the age of 94, was President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the entire four years and three months of the Second Republic, 1979-83. The source also said burial would hold at 2pm in Shagari Local Government Area of Sokoto State. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. When the military ousted the First Republic government in 1966,  Shagari returned to Sokoto Native Authority. He was 90. and Aminu Shehu Shagari. THIS REPUBLIC  BY SHAKA MOMODU The former president was 93. Also at the National Hospital Friday night were his sons, Hon. Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari GCFR (25 February 1925 – 28 December 2018) was a Nigerian statesman who was the first democratically elected President of Nigeria, after the transfer of power by military head of state General Olusegun Obasanjo in 1979 giving rise to the Second Nigerian Republic. Shagari, Alhaji Shehu (Usman Aliyu) b. c. 1924,, Shagari, Nigeria president of Nigeria from 1979 to 1983, leader of the National Party. Shehu Shagari married three wives: Amina, Aishatu, Hadiza Shagari. Shehu Shagari. In a letter by Buhari to Margaret Thatcher, he took time to explain why he engineered a coup to oust the government of Alhaji Sheu Shagari.. Shehu Shagari, in full Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, (born 1925, Shagari, Nigeria—died December 28, 2018, Abuja, Nigeria), Nigerian politician, president of Nigeria from 1979 to 1983.. Shagari’s great-grandfather founded the village from which the family took its name. 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