LAGOS – Former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday, said that the reign of Chief Ernest Shonekan as Head of State, was interim, but his contribution to the peace and development of Nigeria in those days and latter years, remain enduring.
Atiku, who stated this while mourning the demise of Shonekan, said in a statement he personally signed that it is with a sad heart that he received the news of the death of the former Head of State and Chairman of the defunct Interim National Government.
The former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, explained that his grief is not predicated not just on the demise of the elder statesman, because he died at a prime age.
He explained further that Sonekan’s exit at a time when the country would need his skills and global connections in finding solutions to many of our intractable challenges is quite saddening.
According to him, “Either as a politician or a boardroom guru, Chief Shonekan possessed a unique set skill of bringing stability to a tumultuous situation.
“That obviously was the consideration that made him become Head of the Interim National Government following the crises that greeted the events after the June 12 Presidential election.
“Although his reign as Head of State was interim, Chief Shonekan’s contribution to the peace and development of Nigeria in those days and latter years, remain enduring.”
Atiku, while condoling with the deceased’s immediate family, said, “My condolences go to his immediate family, the people and government of Ogun State and the entire nation for the loss of a man of industry and intellect, who lived a life of service to the country and humanity.