Shonekan (file photo)
By Valentine Amanze
Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has described the late former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, as a patriot, while commiseratingwith the widow, Chief Mrs Margaret Shonekan, and the entire Shonekan family.
In a statement by Governor Uzodimma’s Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser, Oguwike Nwachuku, the governor said that Shonekan’s death was painful, stressing that he was one of the Nigerian statesmen and legal luminary who believed in the unity, progress and development of the country.
He pointed out that the late head of Interin National Government worked hard in the private and public sector for the realisation of that dream.
Governor Uzodimma said Chief Shonekan’s legacy in United African Company (UAC) of Nigeria would always speak volume and that Nigerians would not forget the reason he founded the Nigerian Economic Summit Group in 1994, an advocacy body and think-tank for private sector-driven development of the Nigerian economy.
Governor Uzodimma also commiserated with the the government and people of Ogun State over the loss.
Shonekan, Head of Interim National Government between August 26 and November 17, 1993, reportedly died on Monday in Lagos, aged 85.
Chief Shonekan succeeded former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, and barely three months in office, was ousted in a palace coup by the late Gen. Sani Abacha.