The remains of former President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who passed on Friday evening, have been laid to rest, at his private residence, in his hometown, Shagari Local Government Area of Sokoto State, with President Muhammadu Buhari not in attendance.
He was interred on Saturday evening, after the funeral prayers, led by Professor Shehu Galadanchi, former Vice Chancellor, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto.
Aged 93, former President Shagari, was flown to Abuja, last Tuesday, after his health deteriorated, but he eventually gave up the ghost, on Friday.
His corpse arrived at the Sultan Abubakar Airport, Sokoto, and was received by Governor Aminu Tambuwal, alongside members of the State Executive Council, on it onward journey to his final resting place, in Shagari.
Among the dignitaries that attended the funeral prayers were the Federal Government delegation, led by Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and Governors of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States.
Others in attendance were former Governor Attahiru Bafarawa, former Independent National Electoral Commission Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, Waziri Sokoto, Professor Junaid Walk, Senator Aliyu Wamakko, former Minister, Mukhtar Shagari, and several others.
Earlier, the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, had lambasted President Buhari for mourning Shehu Shagari.
Imo Ugochinyere, the CUPP Spokesman, in a statement on Saturday, stated that Buhari was one of the Officers who dethroned the Shagari government, in 1983, and should save his condolences.
He said: “We commiserate with the Shagari family, the Sokoto State Government, and indeed all Nigerians, on such a huge loss of a Nationalist and Elder Statesman per excellence, particularly at these very challenging times. We also pray God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.
“President Shagari was a Democrat, who believed in the supremacy of the power of the people, and only succumbed to the barrel of the gun of people, who did not and still do not believe in the tenets of democracy, and the supremacy of the rule of law.
“We however, urge President Muhammadu Buhari to keep his tributes in honour of Alhaji Shehu Shagari.
“The Grand Alliance Leadership, has directed all the over 50 parties in the opposition coalition, to fly their party flags at half mast, as a mark of respect to this great hero.
“Nigeria shall overcome this loss by the special grace of God, and democracy will once again not fail in our time.”