Shagari is a true patriot —Northern govs
Written by Morenike Adebayo on February 26, 2015
THE Chairman, Northern States Governors Forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has congratulated a former civilian president, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, on the occasion of his 90th birthday.
Aliyu’s message of felicitation was contained in a press statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Israel A. Ebije, adding that the former president would be remembered for his patriotic perspective on national issues.
He said “the former president represents the best Nigerians can hope for,” highlighting that “his perspective on national issues is patriotic. His disposition towards personal issues, regardless of how they affect him, is civil.”
Aliyu, who prayed to God to grant Shagari many more years, urged him never to relent in his God-given role of mediating on national issues.
He said Nigeria needed his wise counsel.
He said “his fountain of knowledge is indelible as the country moves towards critical political time where conflicting issues, fragmented interests and competing sentiments have become the trend.”
“Former President Shehu Shagari has always made us proud. He has, over the years, left indelible mark as a patriot who sees Nigeria first before himself. He has managed to stay away from controversies and live above parochial interests”.
“It is, therefore, my prayers that he lives long enough to continuously help with his wealth of experience. We need his contributions on national discuss, especially now that Nigeria is managing social, political and economic challenges,” the release stated.