Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has commiserated with the Shonekan family over the death of the former Head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan.
Okowa said this in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba on Wednesday.
He described Shonekan as a senior lawyer, prominent boardroom professional, and a legendary leader in the public and private sectors.
He noted that the deceased, a lawyer and former Chairman of United African Company (UAC), died in Lagos on Tuesday at 85.
The governor also commiserated with the Alake of Egbaland over the loss of the Egba Chief and great boardroom player.
He said that the late head of state founded the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, an advocacy group and think-tank for private sector-led development of the Nigerian economy, in 1994.
Furthermore, he said that Nigerians would miss the deceased regular counseling on national issues and mediations for peaceful co-existence.
“On behalf of my family, the government, and the people of Delta, I join the entire nation and the people of Ogun State to mourn the passing of the former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan.
“Shonekan worked assiduously to improve the economy and livelihood of many poor and underprivileged Nigerians in the short period he served as Nigeria Head of State.
“As a senior lawyer and main boardroom professional, Shonekan was a legendary leader in public and private sectors where he dedicated his life to the service of our nation in several capacities.
“His unwavering commitment to the unity of Nigeria had been a significant encouragement to many governments, and I recall the personal sacrifices he made in helping to sustain governance in the twilight of retired Gen. Ibrahim Babangida regime.
“As a country, we will miss his wise counsel on national issues and peaceful co-existence, especially now that the nation is in disunity on political, ethnic, and religious issues,” the governor said.
He prayed that the Almighty God would receive the soul of the former leader and grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.