Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar
Ex-military head of state mourns Shonekan
By Valentine Amanze
Nigeria’s former Military Head of the State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, has commiserated with Ogun State government and the family of the late former Interim Head of the Nigerian Government, Chief Earnest Shonekan, over his death.
He said that the late Shonekan gave all for the betterment of Nigeria, while describing him as a patriot and gentleman.
In a statement issued by his media aide, Dr. Yakubu Sulieman, the
former military head of state recalled that Shonekan was appointed Head of the Interim Government during a critical period of Nigeria’s history.
He said that Shonekan brought finesse, humane and due process to bear for the smooth administration of the country during his short-lived tenure as Interim Head of State.
Abubakar pointed out that Shonekan was the chairman of the United Africa Company (UAC) before he was appointed Head of the Interim Government as a technocrat to help find solutions to the political quagmire that arose after the annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential election.
He said that the deceased would aso be remembered for his meritorious and selfless service to the nation especially during critical times, adding that history woud be kind to him for his bravery and contributions to the peace, unity and development of the nation.
His words: “Chief Ernest Shonekan was a nationalist per excellence.
“His belief in a united and peaceful Nigeria was unparalleled. He was dedicated to the progress and development of the county. He will be surely missed.
“His historic and patriotic role in maintaining the unity of the country was one of the many things that endeared him to many.
“He was true, an asset; and his counsels were useful for national cohesion and progress.”
The former Head of State prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest.