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Obasanjo mourns Shonekan



Obasanjo mourns Shonekan

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described the late aging statesman, Chief Ernest Shonekan, as a role model who would be remembered as a man of sustained strong will to succeed.

Obasanjo, in a letter of condolences addressed to Margaret Shonekan, the deceased wife, a copy of which was made available to journalists in Abeokuta, said he was shocked at the news.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that Shonekan was the Head of the Interim National Government between August 26 and November 17, 1993.

Mr. Obasanjo in the letter recalled how Shonekan in 1994 founded the Economic Summit Group, an advocacy group and think tank for the development of the Nigerian economy led by the private sector.

He noted that the agency had continued to uphold the legacy of helping to support stakeholders in the implementation of policies, programs and strategies, in response to any emerging trends in national and global economies.

The former president noted that at the time of great achievements and undisguised success, Chief Shonekan did not lose the common touch and sense of service to the family and his community at large.

“On the political scene, Chief Shonekan, as Head of the Interim National Government in Nigeria, in 1993, albeit short-lived for a period of three months, through the palace coup orchestrated by General Sani Abacha, rendered outstanding service to our country. , and we will never forget it.

“It is also worth noting that, as Special Envoy for the Implementation of the Abuja Agreement in Zimbabwe in 2001 and Chairman of the Infrastructure Concessions Regulatory Commission (ICRC) in 2008, he was outspoken, dedicated and displayed great patriotism in his performance. of its functions. .

“He was a unifying force for the nation and his contribution to the growth and development of democracy in Nigeria cannot be quickly forgotten.

“In all situations, he lived nobly and died nobly. He was an achiever.

Indeed, Chief Shonekan died at a time when the country desperately needs his leadership, vast experience and wisdom to address the multifaceted challenges facing the nation.

As we express, on behalf of my family and on my own behalf, our condolences to you and all members of your family, as well as to the government and the good people of Ogun State, it is our prayer that Almighty God grant you rest. eternal and consolation to all those he left behind, ‘”the letter read.


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