Shehu Usman Shagari was born in 1925 in the northern Shagari village founded by his great-grandfather, Ahmadu Rufa’i, who was also the Village Head, and took the name Shagari as his family name. His father’s name is Aliyu and his mother’s name is Mariamu.

His name, Usman, means “companion”. He was raised in a polygamous family, and was the sixth child born into the family. Prior to becoming Magajin Shagari (magajin means village head), Aliyu, Shehu’s father was a farmer, trader and herder. However, due to traditional rites that prevented rulers from participating in business, Aliyu relinquished some of his trading interest when he became the Magaji, or village head, of Shagari village. Aliyu died five years after Shehu’s birth, and Shehu’s elder brother, Bello, briefly took on his father’s mantle as Magajin Shagari.

Shagari started his education in a Quranic school and then went to live with relatives at a nearby town, where from 1931-1935 he attended Yabo elementary school. In 1936-1940, he went to Sokoto for middle school, and then from 1941-1944 he attended Kaduna College

Here are facts about the late President Shehu Shagari, the Turaki of Sokoto Caliphate.

  1. After college, Shagari became a science teacher at the Sokoto middle school in 1953-1958 from there, he moved to Zaria Middle School.
  2. He later became a headmaster of a primary school in Argungu.
  3. In 1948, the Youth Social Circle of Shagari merged with some other political groups to form the Northern People’s congress, and in the year 1959, they won a national parliamentary election.
  4. He was appointed parliamentary secretary to the prime minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa in 1958, during much of the First Republic until the military coup of January 15, 1966.
  5. Around the same period also, he was elected to represent his constituency (Sokoto Southwest) in the parliament.
  6. He was moved to the pensions ministry as the Federal Minister for Pensions in the year 1960-1962. From 1962-1965, Shagari was made the federal minister for internal affairs.
  7. From 1965 up until the first military coup in January 1966, Shagari was the federal minister for works.
  8. 8. In 1979 he was chosen by the party as the presidential candidate for general election that year, which he won becoming the president and head of state of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  9. Shagari won the 1979 election with the help of his campaign manager, Umaru Dikko
  10. In 1983, Shagari ran for a second four year term and won the general election, but his tenure was cut short by a December 31 military coup staged by then Major General Muhammadu Buhari on December 31 1983 (New Year’s Eve).
  11. When the military ousted the government, Shagari returned to Sokoto where held the position of a councilor, representing Sokoto native authority.
  12. After the Nigerian civil war, from 1970-1971, the then military head of state, General Yakubu Gowon appointed Shagari as the federal commissioner for economic development, rehabilitation and reconstruction.
  13. Shagari’s resurgence in politics began in 1978, when co-founded the National People’s Party with some other northern elites.
  14. Shagari was made the Turaki of the fula Sokoto Caliphate in 1962 by the Sultan of Sokoto Siddiq Abubakar III.
  15. In 1986, former President Shehu Shagari was banned from participation in politics for life.

Culled From Wikipeda & Legit

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