Buhari and Jonathan mourn Shonekan | Nigeria Premium Hours
President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his sadness at the news of the passing of the former head of the interim national government, Ernest Shonekan.
The President, in a statement by his spokesperson Femi Adesina on Tuesday in Abuja, offered his condolences to Mr. Shonekan’s wife, Margaret, his relatives, as well as to the government and people of the state. of Ogun.
Mr. Shonekan died on Tuesday at the age of 85.
President Buhari asserted that as an internationally renowned statesman with courageous wisdom, Mr. Shonekan left his “flourishing business career to become head of government at a delicate time when the country needed of someone with his calm demeanor and his pedigree to save the ship from sinking state.
The President noted that Mr. Shonekan demonstrated to all that the love for the country and the commitment to its development, peace and unity transcends the pitfalls of office and the ephemeral nature of political power.
According to him, Nigeria owes a great debt to Mr. Shonekan, adding that even in the twilight of his life, he never stopped believing and working for a prosperous and democratic country.
“An older statesman”
In addition, former President Goodluck Jonathan expressed his sadness at the news of Mr Shonekan’s passing.
Mr Jonathan made this known in a message of condolence to the family and government of Ogun State, signed by his special advisor, Ikechukwu Eze, on Tuesday in Abuja.
He described Mr. Shonekan as “an elderly statesman, appreciated for his sincerity and sense of duty.”
The former president also described Mr. Shonekan as a peacemaker and bridge builder who left a lasting legacy.
“As a leader, Chief Shonekan was highly respected because of the tremendous goodwill he brought to governance.
“He was a compassionate and determined administrator, peacemaker and bridge builder who stepped in to lead the nation at a very difficult time in the history of its political evolution.
“Prior to taking office as head of the interim national government in 1993, Chief Shonekan had become a board guru, establishing himself as a leading industrialist and a leader in the business world.
“He left a lasting legacy, part of which was his considerable effort to integrate the private sector into the nation’s development dynamic, in particular with the institutionalization of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), which he founded.
“Shonekan will also be remembered for his great wisdom, his peaceful disposition, the goodwill he showed towards all as well as his significant contributions to the growth and economy of the nation,” said Jonathan.
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