Bala Shagari, the eldest son of late Shehu Shagari has said his father had no grudge against Buhari or anyone because he had pardoned everyone before his death
Bala made the statement on Sunday, December 30, when expressing appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari over condolence visit to the family in Sokoto, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He said that the family was happy with the visit and Buhari’s pledge to immortalize the late president
Bala, who is the district head of Shagari town in Sokoto, however, said he would not comment on Buhari’s pledge until it was fulfilled.
Late Shagari, aged 93, died on December 28 at the National Hospital, Abuja and was buried on Saturday, December 29, at Shagari, his hometown
Shagari was president of Nigeria from 1979 to 1983. He was overthrown by a coup d’etat that brought in Muhammadu Buhari to power as military head of state, three months after he (Shagari) was sworn in for second term.
He said that the late president did not leave any will beside the directive that he should be buried at his home, Shagari.
According to Bala, the directive was strictly observed and implemented as his remains were buried at Shagari town.
He acknowledged that the sultan had offered that the late president should be buried at Hubbare, where Shehu Usman Danfofio was laid to rest
“We acknowledged it but late Shagari had told us that he should be buried in Shagari town and even indicated a specific location, so we have to comply with his will,” he added.
According to him, his father had no grudge against Buhari or anyone because Shagari told us he had pardoned everyone.
He explained that the late president’s absence at functions was due to his ill-health, saying that was why he stayed in Sokoto and Shagari town before he died.
Earlier, President Buhari condoled with the wives and children of late Shagari at the deceased residence on Sama road in Sokoto.
During the visit, Prof Shehu Galadanci led the prayers for late Shagari.
He also prayed to God to change the mindset of those spreading hate and disunity among citizens as well as those individuals or organisations working against the laudable and pro-human policies and programmes of the Buhari administration.
Buhari was accompanied by Governors Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, Senator Aliyu Wamakko and Sokoto state deputy governor, Alhaji Mannir Dan-Iya, among others.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the visit was cheered by crowds chanting; “Nigeria Said Maigaskiya” meaning Nigeria is for a truthful person.
The federal government’s delegation led by secretary to the federation, Boss Mustspha, had earlier attended the late president’s funeral on Saturday in Shagari town.
The deceased held the traditional title of Turakin Sokoto, was born on Feb. 25, 1925 in Shagari, in Shagari Local Government Area of Sokoto state.
After his early education, he worked as a teacher briefly before he became politician in 1951. In 1954, he was elected to the Federal House of Representatives.
He served seven times as a federal minister and federal commissioner from 1958–1975, before he was elected president in 1979.
Meanwhile, the deputy senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has expressed deep grief over the passing on of the Second Republic President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari.
Ekweremmadu said on Friday, December 28, in Enugu said that Shagari’s death was a heavy loss to the nation. He noted that the late elder statesman was a sage and democrat.
The deputy senate president, said although the late elder statesman lived to a ripe age of 93, his wealth of experience and treasury of wisdom would still have been most invaluable in the quest to build the Nigeria of our dreams