The Muslim Congress (TMC) has joined numerous Nigerians to commiserate the Sultan and good people of Sokoto State over the death of Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Nigeria’s first executive president.
This is contained in a condolence message issued by the Amir (President) of TMC, Dr Luqman AbdurRaheem, a copy of which was made available to The Renaissance on Wednesday in Lagos.
The Renaissance reports the the first and second republic politician died on the Dec. 28, 2018 at the National Hospital in Abuja after a brief illness.
He was aged 93.
”It is indeed a moment of reflection for us as well as the nation as we commiserate with his immediate and extended family, as well as the generality of Nigerians.
”The Glorious Qur’an has already ascertained the inevitability of death as it relates to everybody without exception: “Every soul will taste death. And We test you with evil and with good as trial; and to Us you will be returned.” (Q.21:35).
”We pray that Allah will forgive his shortcomings and admit him into Al-Jannah Firdaus. Amin.
”Since the death of the former president, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, a lot of encomiums have continued to pour in on his humility, simplicity, patriotism and honesty, even while he occupied the highest office in the nation as the president between 1979 and 1983.
”He was a shining example of hard work and dedication as he rose gradually from being a teacher after having graduated from the Teachers’ Training College in Zaria, Kaduna in 1952, through being parliamentary secretary to the Nigerian Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and eventually becoming the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
”This is indeed a legacy that the youths of today must emulate.
”You can be what you want to be as long as you aspire and do the toil and learn as you grow gradually.
”The get-rich-quick syndrome is really unsustainable and leads nowhere even after having deprived you of your values and integrity.
”In the service of the nation, Shehu Shagari was not about primitive acquisition for self but rather struggled for the development of the nation.
”During the oil boom, he launched some road networks across the country.
”He initiated a programme to foster the use of mechanical machinery in farming which favoured mass production by large scale farmers.
”He created a low cost housing scheme, completed the Kaduna refinery, and constructed an additional steel plant and three rolling mills at Ajaokuta.
”He also completed the Delta Steel Complex in 1982 and created the Aluminium Smelter Company in Ikot Abasi in 1983.
”And with the ‘Green Revolution,’ he distributed seeds and fertiliser to increase nationwide productivity in farming,” the message read in part.
According to TMC, this is one area where politicians need to emulate the late former president.
The Amir said politicians needed to use the resources of the nation for the development and progress of the people through the provision of infrastructure and amenities that make life easy for all.
”The greed and self-centredness that today’s politicians display will not take the nation to the promise land.
”He was a good family man who believed in the unity and diversity of the nation.”