11th January, 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed profound sadness over the death of Chief Ernest Shonekan, head of the Interim National Government pf 1993.
Buhari said the nation owed Shonekan an immense debt for leaving his business, to accept to calm the sinking ship of state.
“On behalf of the Federal Government, the President extends deepest condolences to Chief Shonekan’s wife, Margaret, loved ones, as well as the government and people of Ogun State”, media adviser, Femi Adesina said.
Buhari described Shonekan as an internationally-respected statesman, who had courageous wisdom.
“Chief Shonekan left his flourishing business career to become the Head of Government, at a delicate time when the country needed someone of his calm mien and pedigree to save the ship of state from sinking”, Buhari noted.
“Chief Shonekan demonstrated to all that the love for country and commitment to her development, peace and unity transcend the trappings of office and the transient nature of political power.
“Nigeria owes a great debt to Chief Shonekan, the peacemaker, who even at the twilight of his life time never stopped believing and working for a prosperous and democratic country.
“The President prays that the memory of the departed Head of Government will remain a blessing to Nigeria even as he finds perfect peace with Almighty God”.
Shonekan was head of the Interim National Government between 26 August and 17 November 1993.
The government was the successor to eight years of Babangida rule, culminating in the annulment of the June 1993 election, won by MKO Abiola.