The first democratically elected President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, is dead.
The news of his passing was confirmed by his grandson, Bello Shagari, who revealed that the elder statesman died at the National Hospital, Abuja, on Friday.
“I regret announcing the death of my grandfather, H.E Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who died right now after brief illness at the National hospital, Abuja,” he tweeted.
The deceased was president in the second republic, from 1979 to 1983, before he was overthrown in a coup by Muhammadu Buhari.
Shagari would have been 94 on February 25, 2019.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state, also took to Twitter to announce the death of the former president who hailed from the state.
In October 1979, after more than 13 years of military rule, Nigeria returned to democratic rule. The National Party of Nigeria emerged victorious in the presidential election, which saw Shagari elected President.