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Our failure to study history has made many of us compulsive revisionists of history, hagiographers&myth makers. So we have a dysfunctional state full of so-called "statesmen"&"elder statesmen." You end up celebrating both Shagari&his overthrower as "statesmen." #Implausible
Shagari wasn't "one of Nigeria's finest." The most charitable assessment is that having cut his teeth in the 1st Republic parliamentary system, he was uncomfortable with executive presidential power. A humble but naive&indecisive man manipulated by wolves&intriguers around him.
That said, Shagari presided over the NPN's corrupt patronage machine that led Nigeria into a recession; the Bakolori massacre, the 1983 "moon slide" travesty of an election, the use of police commissioners to undermine opposition governors&IG Sunday Adewusi's "kill&go" cops etc
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