Friday, 28 December 2018

SHEHU SHAGARI (GCFR) THE MAN LIVES ON


Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari
Born on February 25, 1925 and passed on December 28, 2018.


He was the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria October 1, 1979 - December 31, 1983





He was born in February 25, 1925, at Yabo in Shagari Community of Sokoto State, Nigeria. He attended Yabo Elementary School, 1931-1935; Middle School, 1935-1941; Kaduna College (now Barewa College) Kaduna 1941-1994; and Teacher Training College, Zaria 1944-1945. 




He served as Science Teacher, Sokoto Middle School, 1945-1950; Headmaster, Argungu Senior Primary School, 1951-1952; and Senior Visiting Teacher, Sokoto Province, 1953-1956. He was elected into the House of Representative for Sokoto West, 1954-1958; Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, 1958-1959; Acting Federal Minister of Commerce and Industry 1959; Minister of Economic Development 1959-1960; Minister of Pensions and Establishment 1960-1962; Minister of Internal Affairs, 1962-1965; and Minister of works 1965-1966. One time Secretary, Sokoto Province Educational Development fund 1967-1968; Commissioner for Establishment, North Western (Sokoto) 1968-1969; Federal Commissioner for Finance, 1971-1975; member, constituent Assembly (1977-1978). He was elected the first Executive President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces 1979, with a total vote scored of 5, 688, 857, beating Chief Obafemi Awolowo to a vote of 4, 916, 651. He was topple in a Military Coup on December 31, 1983 and was subsequently placed under house arrest. He was member, Nigerian Scholarship 1954-1958; He was conferred with Honorary Doctor of Laws (Hon. LLD) by the Ahmadu Bello University (1976) was the Secretary of the defunct Northern People’s Congress (NPC) 1951-1956. Some of his publications are: Wakar Nigeria (1983), Song of Nigeria and Shehu Usman Dan, The Turakin of Sokoto.  He is fondly called Shagari.




SOME DATES IN THE TENURE OF ALHAJI SHEHU USMAN ALIYU SHAGARI

1979, October 17:      President Shehu Shagari submitted the list of 33 ministers to the Senate for approval. The Ministers in accordance with the Constitution are drawn from all the States of the Federation. Twenty-four of them are of cabinet rank while 14 are of non-cabinet rank. Of the cabinet of ministers, two each are picked from Benue, Kaduna, Anambra, Imo and Plateau States. Others are drawn from each state. The following is the full list of the ministers: FEDERAL CABINET MINISTRIES: Anambra, Mr. D.C. Ugwu, Mr. Chimezie Ikeazor; Bauchi, Mr. M.I Hassan; Brono, Mr. Adamu Ciroma; Bendel, Mr. I.A. Emina; Benue, Mr. I. Shaahu, Mr. Paul Unongo; Cross River, Prof. S.M. Essang; Gongola, Prof. Iya Abubakar; Imo, Dr. Sylvester Ugoh, Dr. I. I. Maduike; Kaduna Alhaji U. Dikko, Prof. Ishaya Audu; Kano, Alhaji B.M. Yusuf; Kwara, Alhaji A. Oniyangi; Lagos, Dr. W.O. Dosunmu; Niger, Alhaji N. Mamudu; Ogun, Mrs. A.E. Oyagbola; Ondo, Mr. S.A. Ogedengbe; Oyo, Chief R.O. Akinjide; Plateau, Mr. J.J. Kadiya; Rivers, Mr, Victor Masi: Sokoto, Alhaji I. Gusau.  NON-CABINET MINISTERS: Bauchi, Alhaji Ahmed Musa; Bendel, Chief Bolokor; Borno, Alhaji A. Jarma; Cross River, Chief E. Okoi-Obuli; Gongola, Alhaji Ali Baba; Kaduna, M.l.A. Dan-Musa; Kano, Alhaji B. Usman; Kwara, Mallam M.A. Makele; Lagos Mr. A. Thomas; Ogun, Chief Olu Awotesu; Ondo, Mr. C.A. Bamgboye, Oyo, Chief (Mrs.) J. Akinrinade; Rivers, Dr. J. Igbani; Sokoto, Alhaji Mahu.
1979, October 22:     President Shehu Shagari swore-in new permanent secretaries and laid down a firm guideline for them in the performance of their duties. The President expects them to possess a sense of purpose, to be creative, to keep good and decent company, to give responsible leadership by example, be dedicated to duty and show loyalty to the government and the nation. He warned the 31 permanent Secretaries that if any of them breached the code of conduct, he would be disciplined.
1979, November 15: President Shehu Shagari said in Lagos that he has no objection to the amendment of our constitution on the issue of freedom of the Press. The President was speaking at the State House, Ribadu Road, after an eight-man team of the Nigerian Guild of Editors presented a memorandum on issues affecting the operation of the Press. The Guild of Editors requested the President as “the primary proposer of legislation, chief lobbyist, diplomat-in-chief and Nigeria’s number one citizen” to initiate a bill to the effect that the National Assembly shall make no laws to abrogate the freedom of expression and freedom of the Press. President Shagari said he would accept such an amendment if it had the support of the majority of the legislators, but added that the initiative should not come from the executive but from the legislature.



1980, February 6:      The President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, received in audience, the visiting Commonwealth Secretary-General Mr. Shridat Rampal. While exchanging views with the visiting Secretary-General, the President expressed the hope that an amicable settlement would be achieved in Zimbabwe
1980, February 19:    The president, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, in the course of his official visit to Bendel state, visited the Aladja steel project to see the progress so far made in the project construction.
1980, February 27:    President Shehu Shagari made his first official visits out side Nigeria to Republic of Benin.
1980, February 28:    The President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari met the representatives of the Nigerian Community in Cotonou, during his one day official visit to Benin Republic. Later at a press conference held in Cotonou at the end of his one-day visit, the President expressed satisfaction with the progress made on the various aspects of bilateral relations between Nigeria and Benin republic. He made particular reference to the joint partnership between the two countries in cement, sugar and road projects and expressed happiness that some of them had come to fruition.
1980, March 5:          President Shehu Shagari gave a directive that two million naira worth of relief materials should be distributed to the oil spillage areas of the Niger Delta. Another report says the federal Minister of housing and Environment Dr. Wahab Dosunmu and a separate three-man team of relief officials have started a tour of areas affected by the oil spillage.
1980, October 7:        President Shehu Shagari visited the United States of America and was
                                    hosted by President Jimmy Carter.
1980, October 17:      President Shehu Shagari presented his cabinet list for approval to the Senate.
1980, October 25:      President Shagari commissioned the Kaduna Oil refinery built at the cost of N503 million.
1980, November 22: President Shehu Shagari held first meeting with his National Council of State.
1981, November 1:    President Shehu Shagari laid foundation stone of the Jos Steel Rolling Mill.
1981, December 17:  President Shehu Shagari proposed N10.9 billion in the
                                    1982 budget.
1981, November 3:    President Shagari declared open the first made in Nigeria
Consumer and Industrial Goods Trade Fair in Lagos.


1983, December 31: Military coup in Nigeria ended the second term of President Shehu Shagari in office.
1984, January 3:        Deposed president, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, was flown from Kaduna to Lagos amidst water-tight security.
 He died December 28, 2018 at the National Hospital, Abuja At 7:03pm


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