OBITUARY: Footprints of Shagaya, a gentleman, officer and politician

OrderPaperToday – Senator John Nanzip Shagaya, aged 75, represented Plateau South in the 6th assembly, which spanned from 2007- 2011.

Shagaya was elected on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), an election which was nullified until the Court of Appeal cleared him to return to Senate in December 2008.

He was reportedly on his way to Lantang on the 11th of February, 2018 when a fatal accident occurred and claimed his life.

He was a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) until his death.

As a legislator, he sponsored the National Climate Change bill, which was unanimously supported by his colleagues, although the bill was not eventually passed. He also sought re-election but lost to a younger aspirant, Victor Lah in 2011.

He equally moved a motion on flood disasters in Plateau, Bauchi and Taraba states on 22nd of October 2008.

Sen. Shagaya is popularly known as a General Brigadier. Upon graduation from the Nigerian Military School Zaria in 1964 he was posted to the Nigerian Army corps and then to the 3 Marine Commando where he was made second lieutenant.

Before his foray into politics, Shagaya had a distinguised military career. He held positions such as Director cadets, Nigerian Defence Academy, Military secretary, Army Headquarters, General Officer Commanding, 1st Mechanised Infantry Division, Brigade Commander, 9 Mechanised Infantry Brigade and Director of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College.

He retired from the army as a Brigadier General after he was demoted from rank of Major General in 1993 by Late General Sani Abacha.

He was recently appointed as the Chairman, Governing board of National Institute for Policy and Strategy Studies (NIPSS), Kuru in Jos by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He was a former Minister of Internal Affairs and also served the country as an active member of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the West- African sub-region.

Other capacities occupied by Sen. John included: Minister, member of the Armed Forces Ruling Council, Committee on Nigeria’s Membership of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, Member of drafting committee of the main protocol as for the Economic Community of West African States, member, National Boundary Commission and a Field Commander in ECOMOG Peacekeeping Force in Liberia.

In January this year, he led a delegation of the Arewa Consultation Forum (ACF) to the Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom over the death of over 73 persons in his State, a move to express his concern of farmers/herdsmen clashes.

His wife, Pauline Shagaya, died in March and he is survived by eight children and 13 grandchildren.


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