Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has paid glowing tribute to the departed former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Usman Shagari, who died recently at the age of 93.
Soludo said the death of the former president represented the passing of an era of the first generation of politicians who actually saw Nigerians gain political Independence as well as laid foundation for the country as a democratically governed state.
The former Central Bank Governor who stated this in Aguluzigbo, Anaocha local government area of Anambra state on Wednesday, explained that the former president was a humane and humble leader not of the calibre of leaders in the present day Nigeria. He stressed that he represented probity and integrity.
He said Shagari presided over an oil boom but never had a bungalow in Sokoto state to his name. He maintained that there was need to bring back his principles to Nigerian politics.
According to Soludo, rather than improve on the foundation laid by the likes of Shagari, Nigerians have actually degenerated in terms of the principles of democratic governance. He added that Nigerians had lost a soul; that his legacies of simplicity, probity, accountability and humility in public service must not be lost in Nigeria and that such principles were needed for a new and virile Nigeria.