The Sokoto state government has declared Monday 31st of December as a public holiday following the death of former president Shehu Shagari.

This was contained in a statement by state governor Aminu Tambuwal’s Director General, Media, and Public Affairs, Malam Abubakar Shekara, and issued to newsmen on Saturday in Sokoto.

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The Governor said that the declaration followed consultation with the Sultanate Council.

“The state government, therefore, requests Imams across Sokoto and the general public to dedicate the day for special prayers for the repose of the soul of the former President and for peace and progress of the nation at large.

“The government also directs all flags at public and private premises be flown at half-mast in honor of the late former President, Shehu Shagari,” the statement read.