My encounter with late Shagari – Esogban of Benin


Chief David Edebiri, a foremost nationalist and the Esogban of Benin spoke on his encounter with late former President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari

By Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu

First contact My first physical contact with Alhaji Shehu Shagari, first civilian President of Nigeria, was during the inaugural conference of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), which took place at Satellite Town, Lagos in 1978. Before then, I knew Shagari only by reputation because of the public offices he previously held in the country. During the conference, something happened that brought Alhaji Shehu Shagari and I talking to each other.

The attendance at the inaugural meeting was drawn from various political associations and was held under the aegis of the National Movement of Nigeria (NMN). During the morning session of the conference, the proposed offices in the new party were shared among the various political associations present. The post of Publicity Secretary was zoned to Mallam Aminu Kano’s group….

Source: Vanguard Newspaper