Labour Congress Hails Shehu Shagari, Says He ‘Initiated Landmark Projects’
The main labour union in Nigeria, NLC, has mourned the death of former President Shehu Shagari.
The NLC in a statement by its president, Ayuba Wabba, said: “Mr Shagari initiated some of the landmark projects including iron and steel and petrochemicals in his quest to make Nigeria an industrial hub.”
Read Mr Wabba’s full statement as sent to PREMIUM TIMES below.
We at the Nigeria Labour Congress would like to join the Nigerian government, world leaders, family members and other Nigerians in mourning the death of Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, Elder statesman and first Executive President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
As President, Shagari, as he was popularly known, was humble, personable, considerate and broad-minded, some of the reasons that explained his popularity amongst the ordinary people.
Shagari initiated some of the landmark projects including iron and steel and petrochemicals in his quest to make Nigeria an industrial hub.
Not a few hold the view that but for the coup that removed him from power in 1983, unceremoniously cutting short his second term, Shagari would have seen through his vision of a highly industrialized Nigeria.
We similarly hold the view that given his urbane and simple and straightforward lifestyle, Shagari would have built an enduring culture of democratic succession in spite of some of the disputed elections in his time.
However, Shagari was blamed for not exercising requisite control over some of the rambunctious and corrupt members of his cabinet or party, a fact, not a few, today, believe was largely responsible for his removal from power.
Amazingly, his removal did little to diminish his towering stature as no act of corruption or wrongdoing was traced to him.