The first executive president of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, 93, died at the Abuja National hospital after a brief illness on Friday evening, December 28, 2018.
His death was disclosed in a tweet made by his grandson, Bello Shagari who tweeted:
“I regret announcing the death of my grandfather, H.E Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who died right now after a brief illness at the National Hospital, Abuja.”
The former president fell sick on Tuesday, December 25, the Christmas Day and he was taken to the hospital for medical attention where he eventually gave up around 6:30 pm on Friday.
Shehu Shagari served Nigeria as the first and only President of Nigeria’s Second Republic between 1979–1983, after the handover of power by General Olusegun Obasanjo’s military government.
He was later overthrown in a military coup by General Muhammadu Buhari, who is now the current president of Nigeria.