Jonathan mourns Shagari, says he was a nation builder


Former President Dr Goodluck Jonathan has condoled with the family of Alhaji Shehu Shagari and the people of Sokoto State over the demise of the nation’s  Second Republic President, describing him as a nation builder who cemented a good relationship between the North and South.
According to a statement issued by Ikechukwu Eze, the former President’s spokesman, Jonathan stated this in a tribute to the nation’s first executive President, noting that Shagari was a patriot who placed service to humanity and fatherland above personal interest.
Jonathan further described Shagari as a nice man with a clean heart who was sincere and selfless in service.
He said: “Late President Shagari was a very nice man with a clean heart. As a President, he was humble, sincere and selfless in service. He was indeed a true democrat who left no one in doubt about his loyalty to his country, love for peace, desire for unity and vision for Nigeria.
“Shagari was an exceptional leader and exemplary statesman whose modesty, commitment to the common good and deep sense of patriotism will continue to inspire many generations of Nigerians.
“He will be remembered as a teacher, parliamentarian and President whose model of service was anchored on diligence,  broad-mindedness and humility.”