OrderPaperToday – The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has expressed his grief over the death of a member of the 6th Senate and former Minister of Internal Affairs, Brigadier General John Nanzip Shagaya.
Sen. Shagaya passed away on Sunday afternoon as the result of a fatal road accident in Plateau State.
In a statement released on Monday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki described the late Shagaya as a “fine officer and gentleman” who gave his all in the service of his country, both as a soldier and politician.
“Shagaya would be remembered for his meritorious service to the country and the West African sub-region as an active member of the Nigerian Armed Forces. He served this country in many capacities such as Minister, member of the Armed Forces Ruling Council and Chairman, Committee on Nigeria’s Membership of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.
“He also served as a member, drafting committee of the main protocols for the Economic Community of West African States, member, National Boundary Commission and a Field Commander in the ECOMOG Peacekeeping Force in Liberia.
“As a politician, he was elected to represent Plateau South Senatorial District in the 6th Senate where he contributed to various legislations aimed at enhancing the nation’s democracy. He was the Chairman, Governing Board of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos,” he stated.
The President of the red chamber commiserated with the immediate family of the deceased as well as the government and people of Plateau State, over the irreparable loss, while calling on the Federal Government to immortalise the late Army General.
He prayed God to grant the soul of the departed eternal rest and grant his loved ones the fortitude to bear this loss.