Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state said one of the attribute of late former President Shehu Shagari was his simplicity.
The governor while mourning the death of the late leader said Shagari shunned ostentatious lifestyle and did not amass wealth despite the fact that Nigeria experienced boom during his administration.
Ajimobi, who described Shagari as selfless, said he would be remembered for the low-cost housing estates which his administration built in the country.
He said in statement by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr Bolaji Tunji, “No doubt the late former President was an example of simplicity and modesty. As a president he lived by example by not amassing wealth despite the oil boom in the early period of his administration.
“His sterling democratic credentials and patriotism are noteworthy.
“Throughout his political career, including when he served as minister and federal commissioner, as well as a member of the House of Representatives before becoming President, he distinguished himself.
“The low-cost housing estates constructed across the country during the regime of Alhaji Shagari remain the template which successive administrations built upon to reduce the country’s huge housing deficit.”