Senate yesterday urged the federal government to name a national monument after the first Executive President of the country, the Late Alhaji Shehu Shagari to immortalised him.
The Late Shagari died on Friday, 28th December, 2018 at the age of 93.
Yesterday in plenary, the lawmakers observed a minute silence in honour of the deceased. They also detailed a delegation to condole with the deceased family, the people and government of Sokoto State.
This was sequel to a motion by Senator Ibrahim Danbaba and eight others on “the demise of Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari.”
Leading the debate, Danbaba noted that “Shagari promoted national unity in the country and executed many projects in agricultural sector under his Government’s Green Revolution Programme.”
According to him, Shagari promoted housing and industrial development through massive investment in the Ajaokuta Steel Rolling Mill and also, promoted workers’ welfare, including massive infrastructural development of the new Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Explaining that even when Shagari’s government was overthrown in a military coup on 31th December, 1983, he remained apolitical. The lawmaker said that the former President returned to his hometown in 1986 and lived in the very traditional house where he was born up until 1996, when the federal government provided him with a house in Sokoto, the state capital.
In their contributions, Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan (Yobe North), and deputy Senate Leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, said Shagari was a national patriot who, despite what he went through in the hands of the military after the coup against his government, he completely forgave those that wronged him.
Also, Senator Adamu Aliero (Kebbi Central), Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central), and Senator Mao Ohuabunwa (Abia North), noted that Shagari started the development of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and played prominent role in the fight against apartheid in South Africa.