Shagari: The Gentlemanly President Has Gone Home, Says Ibori

Former Nigerian President Shehu Shagari arrives to attend the inauguration of new Nigerian President at the Eagles Square in Abuja, on May 29, 2015. Mohammadu Buhari, 72, defeated Goodluck Jonathan in March 28 elections -- the first time in Nigeria's history that an opposition candidate had beaten a sitting president. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)


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By Tony Eluemuno

Chief James Onanefe Ibori has joined the throng of Nigerians who mourned the passing of former President Shehu Shagari.

He said that Shagari was a gentlemanly President who showed that power, no matter how mighty, could be used moderately.

He showed us that a President was first of all a citizen just like every other Nigerian and was only a President to serve the cause of the citizenry.

He said that Nigerians should do well to learn the right lessons that abound in the life of Shagari.
Even after leaving office on the first day of 1994, he maintained a dignity that was uncommon in our shores.
He gave his advice to the nation or the leaders when it was necessary, always desirous of pointing out the right way in every matter, never forgetting for once that as a man who was voted into the exalted office of the President, the nation had become his constituency.
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