Obasanjo arrived Shagari’s resident in Sokoto at about 9:50 a.m and was received by Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, described the deceased as an epitome of integrity with deep commitment to Nigeria.
He also recalled that they both served as Federal Commissioners during Yakubu Gowon regime, noting that the deceased was honest and transparent.
In his words:
“Late Shagari should not be mourned, but be celebrated as a true, honest and sincere leader who was a nationalist to the core. Nigerians has lost a gem.”
“Shagari is a true friend not fair weather friend, his life is embodiment of truths to celebrate.
“If we learn lessons from his habits of forgiveness which he taught us, Nigeria will be a good country .”
Responding on behalf of the family, the late president eldest son, Bala Shagari appreciated Obasanjo for the visit and recalled that Obasanjo assisted his father to own a house in Abuja.