Former Senator representing Plateau Southern Zone, General John Nanzip Shagaya (Rtd), has died following a ghastly motor accident on his way to his hometown, Langtang.
General Shagaya was recently appointed as the Chairman National Institute for Policy and Strategy Studies (NIPSS) by President Muhammadu Buhari.
A family source confirmed that the former Senator died in a ghastly motor accident on his way to Jos from Langtang on Sunday. He is survived by eight children and 13 grandchildren.
Shagaya, then a Corporal with the 2nd Reconnaissance Squadron in Abeokuta, was one of the many soldiers of northern Nigerian origin (including 2nd Lieutenant Sani Abacha, Lieutenant Muhammadu Buhari, Lieutenant Ibrahim Bako, Major Theophilus Danjuma, Lieutenant Colonel Murtala Muhammed, and Lieutenant Ibrahim Babangida among others), who staged what became known as the Nigerian Counter-Coup of 1966 because of grievances[ they felt towards the administration of General Aguiyi Ironsi’s government which quelled the January 15, 1966 coup.
John Shagaya was Director of Lion Bank (Nigeria) between 1998 and 2003. John Shagaya was a foundation member of the United Nigeria People’s Party (UNPP), running unsuccessfully for the Senatorial seat of Plateau South in 1999 elections. Before the 2003 elections he joined the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP), but was defeated again.
John Nanzip Shagaya was elected as Senator for Plateau South in April 2007, running for the PDP. His election was challenged, and nullified by the elections petition tribunal, but in December 2008 a Court of Appeal in Jos overthrew this decision and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately issue a Certificate of Return to Shagaya.
In June 2009, Shagaya warned that offering an amnesty to the Niger Delta militants might not end the violence. The militants might hide their best weapons, and return only disused and damaged ones.
In an interview in October 2009 he defended the various military interventions since Nigeria gained independence, and stated that the influence of generals in politics since 1999 simply reflected their training and discipline.
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Author: Eugene Boahene