Obasanjo mourns Shonekan



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


Obasanjo,  in a condolence letter addressed to Mrs Margaret Shonekan, the deceased wife, a copy of which was made to newsmen in Abeokuta,  said he received the news with shock.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)) that Shonekan was the Head of the Interim National Government August 26 and November 17, 1993,
Obasanjo in the letter, recalled how Shonekan  in 1994, founded the Economic Summit Group, an group and think – tank private sector-led development of the Nigerian economy.


He noted  that the body  had  continued to sustain  the of helping to support stakeholders in the execution of policies, and strategies, in response to any emerging trends in national and global economies.


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


political scene, Chief Shonekan, as the Head of the Interim National Government in Nigeria, in 1993, though short-lived the period of months, through the palace coup orchestrated by General Sani Abacha, rendered outstanding service to our country, and we will forget that.


“It is also worthy of note that as Special Envoy Implementation of the Abuja Agreement on Zimbabwe in 2001 and Chairman, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) in 2008, he was forthright, dedicated and showed great patriotism in the discharge of his duties.


“He was a unifying force the nation and his contribution to the growth and development of cannot forgotten in a hurry.


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


“Indeed, Chief Shonekan died at a time the country is in dire need of his leadership, wealth of experience and wisdom to tackle the multifaceted challenges facing the nation.


expressing, on behalf of my family and on my own behalf, our sympathies to you and the entire members of your family as well as to the government and the good people of Ogun State, it is our prayer that the Almighty God will grant him eternal rest and comfort all those he left behind.’” the letter read. (NAN)