Former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday, August 14, commiserated with the family of the late former President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari and the Government of Sokoto State over the death of the ex-president’s wife, Hajiya Hadiza Shagari.
Jonathan, in a condolence message he personally signed, expressed sadness over Mrs Shagari’s passing, describing her as a kind and warm-hearted matriarch.
Media Aide to the former president, Mr Ikechukwu Eze, who issued the statement said Jonathan noted that the late octogenarian was a uniting force in her family and her community.
The statement read in part: “I extend my deepest condolences to the family of the former President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, over the passing on of the late leader’s wife, Hajiya Hadiza Shagari, at age 80.
“Mrs Shagari was a kind and warm-hearted matriarch and role model whose life was a stabilising and uniting factor in the family and community, especially after the death of her husband, former President Shagari.
“She was a well-respected First Lady during the Shagari Presidency because of her candour, goodwill and the unyielding support she provided to her husband and the administration.
“May Allah comfort her family members, forgive her sins and grant her al Jannah Firdaus”.
The late first lady, died of COVID-19 complications around 3 a.m. last Thursday at the Gwagwalada Isolation Centre, Abuja and was buried same day at 4p.m. according to Islamic rites.
President Muhammadu Buhari has earlier also commiserated with the Shagari family over the death of their matriarch, Hadiza.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari described the deceased as a pillar of strength and support, holding forth for the family while her husband busied himself with service to the nation.
The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari commiserates with the family of the late former President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, over the transition of his widow, Hajiya Hadiza Shagari, at age 80.
“He describes the departed as a pillar of strength and support, holding forth for the family while her husband busied himself with service to the nation”.
Her husband, President Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari who died in December 2018 was president of Nigeria between 1979 and 1983.