The body of late former President, Shehu Shagari, has departed the nation’s capital, Abuja, en route Sokoto, his hometown for burial later today.
His body will be received by the Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal before being transported to his hometown in Shagari Local Government Area of the state.
Shagari died on Friday evening at the national hospital in Abuja after a brief illness.
The 93-year-old, who was Nigeria’s first elected president served from 1979 to 1983 when his administration was truncated by a military coup.
His demise was announced on Twitter by both the governor of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal and the former president’s grandson, Bello Shagari.
The governor wrote: “I regret to announce the death of former President Shagari who just passed away at National Hospital Abuja.”
Similarly, Bello wrote, ”I regret announcing the death of my grandfather, H.E Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who died right now after brief illness at the National Hospital, Abuja.”