It would surprise you to know that many of us don’t know who the first Nigerian President was. We actually don’t care too much about issues like this one because we live in a country we believe might soon fall apart.
But that is not a very valid excuse to be ignorant of our own story as a nation.
There are people out there in need of this particular information and for them, we shall be talking a bit about the first King From The North!
It is important to know that Nigeria is currently more divided than ever and some times in our attempt to make sense out of the while chaos.
It becomes mandatory that we go back to the past, where it all started. And while it is true that our concern with this post is simply to make mention of the name of the first Nigerian president and nothing else. It is still a journey that must take us to the past.
The Nigerian political story as we know it today started on October 1, 1960, when as a country she gained independence from Britain.
The country since then has endured various political and military upheavals and what we have as a country today is a product of a polluted past. But that is a matter for other day.
The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is the head of state and head of government as well the commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces .
So much power, maybe that is why none of them has been able to humble themselves in the service to the people.
When we talk about the first Nigerian President we are actually referring to the first democratically elected President.
In October 1979, after more than 13 years of military rule, Nigeria returned to democratic rule.
It was Gen. Obasanjo that was responsible for completing the democratic transition begun by his predecessor (General Murtala Mohammed), which culminated in an election in August 1979.
The National Party of Nigeria emerged victorious in the presidential election and Alhaji Shehu Shagari became the first democratically elected President.
And that is the answer you have been looking for. And that was what I meant by the king From The North.
It is now like the birth right of the northerners to claim the Nigerian seat power by any means necessary.
This man that would become the first president of Nigeria entered politics in 1951, when he became the secretary of the Northern People’s Congress in Sokoto.
He was elected a member of the federal House of Representative for Sokoto west. And was appointed as parliamentary secretary in 1958.
During his tenure as the commissioner of finance for Nigeria, Shagari was also a governor for the World Bank and a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) committee of twenty.
Shagari won the 1979 election with the help of his campaign manager, Umaru Dikko .
Shagari ran for a second four-year term in 1983 and won the general election.
Many Nigerians are of the opinion that Shagari was a better President than those before and after him.
In 1980, with the oil revenue, Shagari was able to finish building the Kaduna refinery, which started operating that year.
Also with the oil revenue, Shagari concluded the construction of an additional steel plant and three rolling mills at Ajaokuta.
Shagari completed the Delta Steel complex in 1982 and in 1983, created the Aluminum Smelter Company of Nigeria at Ikot Abasi.
He was eventually overthrown by General Muhammadu Buhari in a military coup on 31 December 1983.
The same man that is currently the President of Nigeria in the year 2020.
On December 28, 2018 at about 6:30pm, Shehu Shagari died from a brief illness at the National Hospital, Abuja
He was honored with the following cultural titles, Turaki of the Sokoto Caliphate by the Sultan of Sokoto Siddiq Abubakar III, in 1962.
He also held the chieftaincy titles of the Ochiebuzo of Ogbaland, the Ezediale of Aboucha and the Baba Korede of Ado Ekiti .
I hope this piece on the First Nigerian President Shehu Shagari added a bit of knowledge to your already existing vault?