Many reactions have trailed the reports of his death since the announcement in a post shared today.
The comment has been retweeted almost 2,000 times since it was published.
Also mourning the loss, the President of the Senate Dr. Bukola Saraki makes a note about his passing.
Shehu Shagari is the only president to rule in the Second Nigerian Republic. The senator mentions this in a tweet.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State also joins in the tributes to the former president who was removed from government after a military coup directed by General Muhammadu Buhari.
The switch of power is reportedly motivated by an unpopular government struggling to lead Nigeria out of a fall in oil prices.
In August 2001, President Shagari loses one of his three wives Aishatu who reportedly died at a London hospital after falling ill.
One of his grandsons identified as Aliyu wishes for prayer of behalf of the deceased after learning about his death.