By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
FORMER President and the Turakin Sokoto, Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari is dead.
Shagari who was second republic president died at the National Hospital, Abuja Friday night at the age of 94 following a brief illness.
Confirming the news of the death of the elder statesman, Nura Mahe, his grand son said the late Shagari was hospitalised at the National Hospital precisely last Tuesday, December 25th before his demise.
Already, sympathisers have started trouping in at his Sama road residence in Sokoto to condole the family.
Meanwhile, his Sama road, Sokoto residence is already wearing a sad mood with family members receiving condolences from sympathisers who keep trooping in their numbers.
One of his grand sons, Bello Shagari while further confirming the death of the elder statesman to our correspondent said that the second republic President died around 7pm at the National Hospital where he had been on admission for two days.
Also commenting on the demise of the former civilian president was one of his drivers, Bala Shagari said late Shagari was suffering from a pnemonia symptom sickness for over 10 days before he was flown to Abuja for medication at the National Hospital when his condition was deteriorating.
” I have been working for the former president since before his election as civilian President”, Bala said to our correspondent.
He described the elder statesman as pious, honest, detribalise and gentleman to the core.
” The death of Shagari is a monumental loss to us and his entire family and nation. I pray Allah to grant him Jannatul Firdaus.
In the same vein, Ibrahim Shehu Shagari said the remains of the second republic President would be flown to Sokoto from Abuja for burial tomorrow, Saturday.
Though, Ibrahim told our correspondent that there was no formal arrangement as to how it would be like, adding ” we are waiting for the Sultan who will decide where he should be buried.”