By Oluwatope Lawanson
Lagos, Jan. 11, 2022 (NAN) The National Leader, All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Bola Tinubu, has commiserated with Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, over the passing of former Head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan.
Tinubu’s condolence is contained in a statement issued by his Media aide, Mr Tunde Rahman, on Tuesday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Shonekan died in the early hours of Tuesday in Lagos, aged 85 years.
The deceased was a lawyer and statesman who served as Nigeria’s interim Head of State from August 26, 1993, to Nov. 17, 1993.
Tinubu said: “I received, with great sadness, the news of the passing of Chief Shonekan and l join his immediate family in mourning his passing, but also in celebrating his lifelong contributions to our great nation.”
The former governor of Lagos described the deceased as a peaceful man who tried to bring unity and concord during one of the nation’s most trying moments.
“In his brief time as Head of State, Chief Shonekan tried his best to advance peace, stability and development in Nigeria.
“With his passing, the country has lost another important elder statesman; a man of peace who tried to bring unity and concord during one of the nation’s most trying moments.
“Chief Shonekan will be remembered as a peacemaker and Head of State who took office at a most difficult time,” he said.
Reeling out some of his achievements, the former governor of Lagos noted that the deceased was a technocrat and boardroom guru who performed excellently as Chairman of United African Company (UAC).
According to him, late Shonekan would have led Nigeria with the same vision and skill with which he guided UAC.
“He had the character, competence, capability and the technical background to undertake the job.
The APC leader also extended his condolences to the wife of the deceased, Margaret, and the people of Ogun State over the loss. (NAN)