Shagari was 93 years old at the time of his death.
His body arrived Sokoto from the National Hospital, Abuja, on Saturday and was received by Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State.
The funeral prayer for his burial in Shagari town, Sokoto, is currently ongoing.
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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of Shehu Shagari, who was the First Executive President of Nigeria. The President said:
“On behalf of my family, the government and the people of Nigeria, it is with immense sadness that I received the news of the passing away of the First Executive President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari which event happened on Friday in Abuja.”