President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday spoke about the relationship between him and the late former President Shehu Shagari.
It would be recalled that the government of Shagari was toppled by the military government led by Muhammadu Buhari on January 1, 1984.
Shagari was the nation’s president from 1979 to 1983.
But in his latest remark, Buhari said despite the differences they had in the past, they later understood and appreciated each other.
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Buhari made the remark on their relationship in a statement where he announced that the national flag should be flown at half-mast in all military, para-military formations and public buildings across the country for three days, starting from Sunday.
His words: “Over the years, through interaction at the Council of State, he and I came to understand and appreciate each other, whatever the differences we may have had in the past.”
In the statement he personally signed and issued by his media aide, Mr. Femi Adesina, the president praised Buhari for his service to humanity and his country.
The statement reads in full:
PRESIDENT BUHARI EULOGIZES SHAGARI AGAIN, DIRECTS FLAGS TO FLY AT HALF-MAST FOR 3 DAYS
President Muhammadu Buhari has paid tribute once again to the late President Shehu Shagari, directing that flags should fly at half-mast in military and para-military formations, as well as public buildings for three days, starting from Sunday, December 30, 2018.
In a statement he personally signed, President Buhari declared: “The late President represented almost the last link with the government of our Founding Fathers under Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. He was also the first elected President of Nigeria.
“The late Alhaji Shagari was a man of many parts: teacher, local authority administrator, politician, minister, and finally President. He served his country with dedication and moderation.
“Over the years, through interaction at the Council of State, he and I came to understand and appreciate each other, whatever the differences we may have had in the past.
“On behalf of the Federal Government, myself and family, I send my condolences to the people of Nigeria, particularly to the late President’s family and the Government and people of Sokoto State. May his soul rest in peace.”
Shagari died at the National Hospital in Abuja on Friday at the age of 93 and was buried on Saturday in Sokoto.