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Shagari At 91 Preaches Peace, Unity Of Nigeria

Posted: Feb 26, 2016 at 7:32 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Second Republic President Shehu Shagari on Thursday admonished Nigerians to continue to uphold peace and unity in the country.

Alhaji Shagari made the call at his residence in Sokoto shortly after a prayer session conducted by Sheikh Abubakar Gudun, Chief Imam, to mark his 91st birthday.

He said Nigerians should continue to live in peace with each other irrespective of diverse religious, ethnic and cultural differences.

The former president insisted that God has reasons for creating the diverse peoples and bringing them together as a nation saying that the differences were aimed at cementing the unity.

Alhaji Shagari also urged leaders in the country to uphold the virtues of social justice, piety and to shun greed.

It was gathered that those present praised the former president for his contributions to the country’s development and asked God to grant him more fruitful years in good health.

His second son, 58-year-old Ahmed Shagari, said that the family was proud to have him as a father as he has instilled discipline, dedication, self-reliance, contentment and the fear of Allah in them.

Ambassador Bala Sokoto, the Dan-Iyan Sokoto, also advised leaders in the country to emulate the sterling qualities of former President Shagari.

Alhaji Bello Idris, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology in the state, also eulogised  Shagari saying he has contributed immensely to national development especially with his qualities of selfless service and incorruptibility.

Alhaji Jabbi Shagari, former Chairman of Shagari Local Covernment and Shagari’s relation described him as a truly detribalised Nigerian.

Alhaji Shehu Shagari ruled Nigeria from 1979 to 1983 when he was toppled during his second term by the military led by the then Major-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.

Plateau To Build Technical, Vocational Centres

As part of efforts to revamp the state’s education sector, the Plateau Government has concluded plans to establish technical and vocation centres in the three senatorial districts in the state.

Mr. Joseph Mairiga, state Commissioner for Education, disclosed this in Jos on Thursday.

Mairiga said the centres, when established, would complement conventional public schools in empowering youths in various skills for self-sustenance.

The commissioner also said the state was ready to complete all abandoned projects in the education sector and embark on new ones when necessary.

He said that though the state was direly in need of funds but it would continue to renovate the dilapidated structures in public schools and also intends to start new projects according to available funds.

He said the state would hire more teachers to fill existing vacancies as soon as funds were available.