Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has urged Nigerians to emulate Second Republic president, Shehu Shagari. Obasanjo explained that Nigerians should emulate Shagari’s virtues of forgiveness and forbearance.
He made the appeal yesterday at the Sama road residence of late Shagari during his condolence visit to the family. Recalling how he handed over to his “true friend” in 1979, Obasanjo said if Nigerians could learn lesson from his habit of forgiveness, they would live in peace with one another.
The former president described Shagari as an epitome of personal integrity and simplicity who was committed to his fatherland.
Obasanjo recalled that they both served as Federal Commissioners during Yakubu Gowon’s regime during which he proved his honesty and transparency.
“Late Shagari should not be mourned but to be celebrated as a true, honest and sincere leader who was a nationalist to the core; Nigerians has lost a gem,” Obasanjo said.