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Obasanjo helped Shagari own a house in Abuja — Son

The eldest son of the late former President Shehu Shagari, Bala, yesterday said former President Olusegun Obasanjo assisted his father to own a house in…

The eldest son of the late former President Shehu Shagari, Bala, yesterday said former President Olusegun Obasanjo assisted his father to own a house in Abuja.

He stated this yesterday when Obasanjo visited the Sama Road residence of the deceased to condole with the family. Bala thanked Obasanjo for the visit.

Earlier, Obasanjo called on Nigerians to emulate Shagari’s virtues of forgiveness and forbearance, describing the late former leader as an epitome of personal integrity and simplicity who was committed to his fatherland.

He said when he and Shagari served as federal commissioners during the Yakubu Gowon regime during, Shagari proved his honesty and transparency.

“Late Shagari should not be mourned but to be celebrated as a true, honest and sincere leader who was a nationalist to the core, Nigerians has lost a gem,” said.

Recalling how he handed over to his “true friend” in 1979, Obasanjo said if Nigerians could learn lessons from Shagari’s habit of forgiveness, they would live in peace with one another.

Other dignitaries that condoled with the family  included former Vice President Namadi Samabo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, the governors of Kaduna, Bauchi and Katsina States as well as the national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Uche Secondus.

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