Mrs Hadiza Shagari, wife of former, Nigerian President, Shehu Shagari is dead,
Mrs Shagari died of COVID-19 complications on Thursday.
This was announced in a statement signed by Capt. Muhammad Bala Shagari (rtd) which was shared on Facebook by Bello Shagari, a grandson of the late former president.
The statement said Hadiza who died at the age of 80 will have a funeral prayer for her today at the National Mosque in Abuja.
“We regret to announce the demise of our beloved mother, Hajiya Hadiza Shehu Shagari, the wife of H.E late President Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, GCFR (Turakin Sokoto),” the statement read.
“We lost her in the early hours of today, 12th August 2021, at about 3.00 am, after battling COVID-19 at the Gwagwalada Isolation Centre in Abuja.
“Hajiya Hadiza Shehu Shagari was 80 years old. Her Jana’iza (Funeral Prayer) will take place today, at 4.00 pm, immediately after Asr prayer, at the National Mosque, Abuja.”
Mrs Shagari served as the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from the 1st of October 1979 to 31st December, 1983.
Mrs Hadiza Shagari got married to Shehu Shagari who was then a visiting teacher in Sokoto province and a member of the Federal Scholarship Board in the year 1957. Along with his two other wives, she became the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria when her husband assumed office as President in October 1979.