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Shehu Shagari
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Shagari in 1980
6th President of Nigeria
In office
October 1, 1979 – December 31, 1983
Vice President Alex Ekwueme
Preceded by Olusegun Obasanjo as Military Head of State
Succeeded by Muhammadu Buhari as Military Head of State
Federal Commissioner for Finance
In office
1971–1975
Preceded by Obafemi Awolowo
Succeeded by Asumoh Ete Ekukinam
Federal Commissioner for Economic Development, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction
In office
1970–1971
Federal Minister for Works
In office
1965–1966
Succeeded by S.O. Williams as Minister of Works and Housing
Federal Minister for internal affairs
In office
1962–1965
Federal Minister for Pensions
In office
1960–1962
Federal Minister for Economic Development
In office
1959–1960
Federal Minister for Commerce and Industries
In office
1958–1959
Personal details
Born (1925-02-25)February 25, 1925
Shagari, Sokoto State, Nigeria Protectorate
Died December 28, 2018(2018-12-28) (aged 93)
Abuja, Nigeria
Political party National Party of Nigeria
Children Muhammad Bala Shagari
Aminu Shehu Shagari
Relatives Bello Bala Shagari (Grandson)

Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari GCFR (February 25, 1925 – December 28, 2018) was a Nigerian politician who became the first democratically elected President of Nigeria. He served as the only President of Nigeria's Second Republic (1979–1983), after the handover of power by General Olusegun Obasanjo's military government. Shagari also served seven times in a ministerial or cabinet post as a federal minister and federal commissioner from 1958 to 1975.

Shagari worked as a teacher for a brief period before entering politics in 1951 and in 1954 was elected to the federal House of Representatives. In 1962, he was made the Turaki of the Fula Sokoto Caliphate by the Sultan of Sokoto Siddiq Abubakar III. Turaki means an officer at court, in this case referring to the sultan's court at the palace of Sokoto. In addition, he held the chieftaincy titles of the Ochiebuzo of Ogbaland, the Ezediale of Aboucha and the Baba Korede of Ado Ekiti.

He was overthrown by General Muhammadu Buhari in a military coup on 31 December 1983.

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