As encomiums continue to pour in after the death of Nigeria’s former president, Alhaji Aliyu Usman Shehu Shagari, the umbrella body of all registered political parties in Nigeria, Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), has described the late first executive president as the pillar of the nation’s presidential system.
This is contained in a short release by its media committee Secretary, Akinloye Oyeniyi, on Saturday December 29th on behalf of the Chairman High Chief Peter Ameh.
Ex-president Shagari was elected Nigeria’s first executive president in 1979 general elections and re-elected in 1983 but the second term ended when the second republic was truncated by a military coup that brought in Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari as Head of State.
According to Oyeniyi, Alhaji Shagari’s place in Nigeria’s political history will remain distinctive and the continental shelf of our presidential system of democracy, making him the first pillar upon which our current democratic system is resting.
“It is with a heavy heart that we, the political parties in the country are mourning the passing of the democratic icon whose term birthed steel revolution, establishment of river basins and dams round the country this critical period of our democracy. We pray God console the family and the nation he left behind,; Oyeniyi said.