Mark revealed this while reacting to the death of the elderly statesman in a statement from his special adviser, Paul Mumeh, in Abuja on Tuesday.
He recalled that Shonekan was appointed head of government during the critical period of national challenges to direct the affairs of the nation.
Mark noted that Shonekan brought delicacy, humanity and due process during his brief tenure as Acting Head of State to the good administration of the country.
He said Shonekan, who died Tuesday at age 85, will be remembered for his meritorious and selfless services to the nation, especially during critical times.
Mr. Mark highlighted Shonekan’s business achievements as president of the United Africa Company, UAC, before being appointed head of the interim government as a technocrat.
He said Shonekan helped find solutions to the political quagmire that arose after the annulment of the presidential election on June 12, 1993, the ill-fated election believed to have been won by business magnate Chief MKO Abiola.
Mark added that history would be kind to Shonekan for his bravery and contributions to the nation’s peace, unity and development.
The former Senate president urged the federal government to immortalize Shonekan as a leader who gave everything to keep the nation peaceful and united.
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