Atiku, Saraki, Lalong Mourn Gen. Shagaya

Yakubu Busari, Jos

Late John Shagaya


Former Vice President and Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has expressed sadness and disbelief at the death of Senator John Shagaya in a ghastly motor accident at the weekend.

In the same vein,  President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong have expressed sadness over the death of Shagaya who was a member of the sixth Senate and former Minister of Internal Affairs.  The former ECOMOG Commander died in an accident on his return journey to Jos from his Lantang home town in the state.

Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the late Shagaya as a “fine officer and gentleman” who during his lifetime, gave his all in the service of his country, both as a soldier and politician.

“Shagaya would be remembered for his meritorious service to the country and the West African sub-region as an active member of the Nigerian Armed Forces,” Saraki said. “He served this country in many capacities such as Minister, member of the Armed Forces Ruling Council and Chairman, Committee on Nigeria’s Membership of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

“He also served as a member, drafting committee of the main protocols for the Economic Community of West African States, member, National Boundary Commission and a Field Commander in the ECOMOG Peacekeeping Force in Liberia.

“As a politician, he was elected to represent Plateau South Senatorial District in the 6th Senate where he contributed to various legislations aimed at enhancing the nation’s democracy. He was the Chairman, Governing Board of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos,” he stated.

President of the Senate commiserated with the immediate family of the deceased and the government and people of Plateau State over the irreparable loss, while calling on the Federal Government to immortalize the late army General.

He prayed God to grant the soul of the departed eternal rest and his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss

In a statement released by his Media Office in Abuja, the former Vice President described the late military officer as one of the remarkable and distinguished Nigerians of his generation adding that he would be sorely missed.

Describing the late Shagaya as a wise and adaptable personality, Atiku Abubakar recalled the ease with which the late John Shagaya transformed from a military officer to a civilian and a democrat winning the confidence of his people to become an elected Senator.

He said Shagaya was a gentle and peaceful man stressing that his invaluable counsel would have been very useful at this time of crisis in many parts of the country.

Stating that the former Army general and Senator would be sorely missed by the entire country and specifically the people of Langtang and Plateau State, the former vice president called on the family to courageously accept the reality of his death.

In a statement made available to journalists in Jos, Pastor Samuel Emmanuel Nanle the Director, Press and Public Affairs to the Governor  described the death of General Shagaya (Rtd) as a painful reality that the State will live to contend with; essentially that the vacuum it has created in the top Advisory echelon in the State and Nation of the wealth of his experience garnered over the years of his meritorious Professional Military, Public Service and Business career.

“The Governor in this moment of deep grief surrounding the Shagaya’s family, the Taroh Nation and the many friends and associates of the late General, wishes to extend his deepest condolences and assurances of prayers for God’s comforting grace, on behalf of his family, the Government and people of Plateau State.

“May the soul of the Distinguished Senator, rest in perfect peace with the Lord Almighty.”