The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) mourns the demise of Second Republic President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON) at 93. We feel particularly pained by his death because of the challenges confronting the country presently. Dying on the eve of 2019 elections to us is not something to rejoice about, his age notwithstanding.
We have a task of building a strong and virile country that would rank among the comity of nations and we need patriotic and selfless Nigerians who would dedicate and commit themselves to the task. Alhaji Shagari was a statesman and he carried himself as such till he died.
Every leader is a good listener. They are equally patient, tolerant and act with restraint. These virtues are not common sights in the political terrain these days. Baba was always calm, even when he had obvious reasons to be angry. The reverse is the case in the present day. Politics of acrimony, hate speeches, lies, thuggery, money laundering and a host of other vices are what define our polity today. It is quite unfortunate.
Emphatically speaking, the TUC would like to state here that we would NOT want to believe that The Great Teacher and former president died in order not to witness any form of crisis before, during and after the 2019 general elections. He believed in service to humanity and was labour friendly with the signing of a wage increase in 1981. We do hope our dear President Muhammadu Buhari would honour our late former president with a new wage and ensure peaceful elections in 2019. There are many things to learn from the late ex-president and we urge politicians to emulate him for posterity sake.
May Allah grant him eternal rest. Adieu sir.
Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama
Comrade (Barr.) Musa-Lawal OZIGI, mni
Secretary General, TUC