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Update: Shagari To Be Interred Today

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Former President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who died Friday evening, will be buried today in Sokoto according to Islamic rites, family sources revealed.

His grandson, Nuradeen Mahe, told newsmen in Sokoto that the late President would be flown from Abuja to Sokoto for burial on Saturday.

Shagari, 93, died at 6:40 p.m. at the National Hospital in Abuja.

Mahe said he was flown to Abuja after his health deteriorated.

Shagari was president from 1979 to 1983 and won re-election before being dethroned by a coup d’etat that brought in Muhammadu Buhari as military Head of State.
The former leader was born February 25, 1925 in Shagari, in Sokoto. After his early education, he worked as a teacher for a brief period before entering politics in 1951.

In 1954, he was elected to the federal House of Representatives.

He served seven times in a ministerial or cabinet post as a federal minister and federal commissioner from 1958–1975, before he was elected president in 1979.
He won a disputed re-election in 1983 that accelerated a military coup three months later after he was sworn in and the economy was on a precipitous decline.

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