Former head of state, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, on Monday expressed sadness at the passing away of Gen. John Shagaya; Pa Yusuf Buratai (father of Chief of Army Staff, Kt-Gen. Tukur Buratai); and veteran journalist, Mahmoon Baba-Ahmed.
He expressed condolences to their families and the people of nigeria in a statement he personally signed.
It reads: “I received with great shock the sudden demise of one of the brilliant retired military officers, General John Shagaya this Sunday from a ghastly motor accident.
Late General Shagaya until his death had been an ardent supporter of the unity of Nigeria as a nation and a peace builder irrespective of ethnicism, tribalism and religious bigotry.
Equally, my condolences go to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.General Tukur Yusuf Buratai on the demise of his father a veteran of the Nigerian Army at the age of 103.
Similarly, I condole members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm over the demise of veteran broadcaster late Mahmoon Baba Ahmed who died at the age of 74.
My heartfelt condolences go to all their families, friends and well-wishers.
May Almighty God comfort their families for the irreparable losses.”