The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has said that by the death of the first Executive President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Nigeria has lost one of its most compassionate and humane leader.
Secondus said that Alhaji Shagari was the last man standing among principled leaders upon whom the democratic foundation of the nation was established.
The National Chairman said that Shagari as President in second republic ensured that his reign provided minimum pain on the people because of his human approach to governance.
According to a statement from his media office signed by Ike Abonyi and made available to the media on Saturday, the National Chairman said that Nigeria would miss his fatherly counsel especially at this time when the country is going through difficult challenges ahead of a major election.
“The second republic President will be remembered for his principled approached to governance and his God fearing disposition as evidenced in the way and manner he piloted the affairs of the country within the rule of law, without nepotism, bias of religion, tribe or geography from 1979 to 1983.” He said
In a condolence message to the Governor of Sokoto state, Rt Hon. Aminu Tambuwal and the entire Shagari family, on behalf of the National Executive Committee and members of the PDP home and in Diaspora, Secondus said that the former President’s legacies in the political evolution in the county would endure.
The National Chairman said that Nigerian politicians have great things to learn from the way and manner this great democrat operated while he held sway in the nation’s polity.
He noted that the PDP has a lot in common with the late President in the development of democracy in the country and said that he would be greatly missed.
Secondus finally charged the people of Sokoto state and the immediate family to take solace on the fact that he lived a peaceful ripped age and left behind huge legacies as a teacher, politician and a father.