We’ll never forget his outstanding service to our country – Obasanjo mourns late Shonekan

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says Nigeria will never forget the outstanding service of late former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan.

Obasanjo, who is currently on international assignment as the High Representative of the African Union for the Horn of Africa, stated this in a condolence letter to the widow, Mrs. Margaret Shonekan.

A copy of the letter was made available to newsmen in Abeokuta by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi.

Obasanjo said he received “with great shock, the news of the death of one of the illustrious sons of Africa, a community leader, a distinguished business baron and an exemplary leader in the private sector and, of course, the former Chairman of UAC Nigeria Limited, Chief Ernest Shonekan, with an admixture of joy for a life well spent and sadness for the loss of a beloved man after God’s heart.”

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He added that “Chief Shonekan, as the Interim National Government in Nigeria in1993, though short-lived for the period of three months through the palace coup orchestrated by General Sani Abacha, rendered outstanding service to our country, and we will never forget that.

“It is also worthy of note that as Special Envoy on the Implementation of the Abuja Agreement on Zimbabwe in 2001 under my administration as the President of Nigeria; and Chairman, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission under Yar’Adua’s administration in 2008, he was forthright, dedicated and showed great patriotism in the discharge of his duties.

“He was a unifying force for the nation and his contribution to the growth and development of democracy in Nigeria cannot be 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.”

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