The Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has paid tribute to the first Executive President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari who turns 89 years of age on Tuesday, describing him as a statesman of uncommon pedigree.
Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu said on Monday in Minna that Shagari, as Nigeria’s President, played politics without bitterness and placed topmost premium on the values and virtues of constitutional democracy.
“Shagari’s politics eschews bitterness. Even opponents concede that he is a disciplined
man whose life symbolises a rejection of the corrupting influences that distracts the commitment of some leaders to improving the lot of the common man,” the forum said in a statement signed by Governor Aliyu’s spokesman, Danladi Ndayebo.
The forum referred to former President Shagari as the greatest statesman around today and urged Nigerians to emulate his exemplary life that is characterized by honesty, selflessness and the fear of God.
The forum said it is proud to be associated with the achievements of the former Nigerian leader, especially his contribution to the deepening of the nation’s democracy.
It then prayed God to grant former President Shagari excellent health, courage and many more years of selfless service to Nigeria and humanity.