By: Awesome Ekene
Anambra State Governor-elect, Prof Chukwuma Soludo has expressed grief over the demise of Chief Ernest Shonekan, former Nigerian Interim Head of State from 26 August 1993 to November 17, 1993
In a statement made available to the media by Joe Anatune, Governor-elect, Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo described Shonekan as a monumental loss to the nation.
He said Shonekan’s wealth of experience as a lawyer, a Boardroom guru and an Industrialist who headed vast conglomerates in the nation’s productive sector will remain a reference point in the annals of the history of Corporate Nigeria
The Governor-elect also described the deceased as a statesman, lover of peace and an incurable optimist of a greater and united Nigeria.
He noted that Shonekan’s patriotism and personal sacrifice as a ‘stabilising force’ during the ‘uncertain political days’ in the country in the early 90’s was worth commending, stressing that his place in the nation’s political history will remain evergreen and will surely be appreciated by younger Nigerians and the generations to come
While praying for the repose of the deceased soul, the ex-CBN governor extended his profound condolences to the Shonekan’s family, the Federal and Ogun governments and the people of his home community
Chief Ernest Shonekan died in Lagos on Tuesday, January, 2022, after a brief illness, at the age of 85 years. He holds the revered traditional title of Abese of Egbaland