Former Nigeria President Late Shagari respected President’s office, always stepped out to smoke – Utomi

The political economist, who spoke on Monday at the ‘Never Again Conference’ to mark the 50th anniversary of Nigeria’s Civil War,  said  Shagari was highly disciplined.

He said, “I somehow got lucky, a young fellow coming back from graduate school, thinking he could change the world and then I got identified by the Vice-President (the late Alex Ekwueme) and one day he says to me, ‘President Shagari, yesterday, approved for you to replace Prof Odenigwe’. I said, ‘what does that mean?’

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And I ended up in government. From my office at  Dodan Barracks. Most of us don’t remember, but President Shagari was a chain smoker, but he never smoked in public and he respected the Office of the President so much that he never smoked inside that office.

“To smoke, President Shagari would come out – to smoke. And I would come out, and Aba Dabu and I would corner him and start chatting him up. And I saw a true nationalist in that man, that history and the newspapers probably will not capture enough.” Read Here


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