General John Nanzip Shagaya Dies In Ghastly Motor Accident

…President Buhari, ex-Senate President, David Mark condole with the family and state


Yakubu Busari,Jos

Late General John Shagaya


The former Internal Affairs Minister and ex-Senator who represented Plateau Southern Zone at the Senate, General John Nanzip Shagaya  has died following a ghastly motor accident on his way to his hometown, Langtang, in Plateau State.

The late General John Shagaya (Rtr) recently appointed as the Chairman National Institute for Policy and Strategy Studies (NIPSS) in the recent Board appointments by the Federal Government, according to information available to our medium, was driving back to Jos after attending the family burial of his nephew who was killed in the recent killings in Benue state by suspected herdsmen.

Late General Shagaya had led the Arewa Elders Forum on a condolence visit to the people of Benue state and returned to his residence in Jos before embarking on the burial trip in his Langtang home town.

Already condolences have started pouring in for the late ECOMOG Commander. President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement by his Media Adviser, Mr Femi Adesina paid glowing tribute to Shagaya’s patriotism as a soldier and politician. Former Senate President, David Mark is equally effusive, recalling their days together as military officers and his distinguishing career in the army

“The President pays tribute to the great Nigerian whose legacies will live on in the patriotic work he did as a military officer who rose to the position of a General, and a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic that ably represented the Plateau Southern zone.

“The President affirms that at each step of his distinguished career in national service and politics, Gen. Shagaya brought his deep convictions and discipline to national, regional and community assignments and was ready to always offer his best to the development and stability of the country, said Adesina in the statement.

“President Buhari prays that God almighty will comfort all who mourn him and grant his soul eternal rest.”

Mark, in a statement on Sunday night by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, said the death of the former Commander of ECOMOG Peace-Keeping Force was a personal loss to him.

Mark in a statement by his spokesman, Paul Mumeh, said, “I am shocked. I am sad. He was my friend, comrade and colleague. He was among the best and  fertile minds in the Arm Forces during our days in the Nigerian Army.  He believed in the sanctity of our unity. He believed in the rule of law and in a society where every citizen is free to pursue his or her legitimate ambition in any part of the country without fear of molestation or intimidation.

“After our retirement from the Army, we reunited again in the  6th Senate in the service to our fatherland. His death is a huge personal loss to me. I have lost a bosom friend, a pathfinder and a patriot. Nigeria has lost one of her finest and fertile minds. I am however consoled that he left his positive footprint on the sand of time. I am convinced that his legacy of uncommon commitment  to the ideals of nationhood will endure and will be a reference point in many years to come.”