Former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, has described the death of ex-Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen. John Shagaya, as tragic and devastating.

Shagaya, who represented Plateau-South in the 6th Senate, died from a road accident while leaving his Langtang hometown for Jos, the Plateau State capital.

Mark, in a statement on Sunday night by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, said the death of the former Commander of ECOMOG Peace-Keeping Force was a personal loss to him.

Mark said, “I am shocked. I am sad. He was my friend, comrade and colleague. He was among the best and fertile minds in the Arm Forces during our days in the Nigerian Army. He believed in the sanctity of our unity. He believed in the rule of law and in a society where every citizen is free to pursue his or her legitimate ambition in any part of the country without fear of molestation or intimidation.

“After our retirement from the Army, we reunited again in the 6th Senate in the service to our fatherland. His death is a huge personal loss to me. I have lost a bosom friend, a pathfinder and a patriot. Nigeria has lost one of her finest and fertile minds. I am however consoled that he left his positive footprint on the sand of time. I am convinced that his legacy of uncommon commitment to the ideals of nationhood will endure and will be a reference point in many years to come.”

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