It is another period of mourning as a former senator representing Plateau Southern, retired General John Nanzip Shagaya, has is reported dead following a ghastly motor accident on his way to Jos from his hometown, Langtang.
Multiple reports confirmed the incident quoting family sources as saying the incident happened on Sunday, February, 11. The late General Shagaya was only recently appointed as the chairman of the National Institute for Policy and Strategy Studies (NIPSS) by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Shagaya died just about a year after he lost his wife, Pauline Tare Philomena a brief illness. Daily Trust had reported that until her death, Pauline was a dame of the Anglican Church, an accomplished business woman and a lawyer and was survived by eight children and 13 grandchildren.
Daily Independent also reported that General Shagaya died around Kwol in Kanke local government secretariat just few kilometers from Langtang. His remains have been moved to Jos mortuary In an interview in 2016, Shagaya had spoken about the state of the nation in an interview he granted Vanguard in which he also praised the military government under which he served.
“The military managed the economy better. When I said a naira was exchanged for $2.2, it was a military administration and under Obasanjo and he had a sound economist, a lawyer and a financial adviser in the person of the late Obafemi Awolowo.
“Sound persons ran the economy of the country at that time. The economy died under a civilian administration,” he said. In another interview in February, 2018, Shagaya said his father wanted him to become a pastor or teacher.
“He wanted me to be a pastor or a teacher. He was a priest, a very gentleman and I had been given opportunity in Gindiri, on scholarship, he was very happy, I was also given scholarship in Kuru, and Keffi but when the military school examination came, I had resumed in Gindiri and I ran away without parental consent and of course my teachers’ consent,” he said.
He also noted that he was not returning to the Senate but would now mentor the younger generations of the country.