Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has mourned the death of an elder statesman and former head of the defunct Interim National Government (ING), Chief Ernest Shonekan who died in Lagos on Tuesday January 11, 2022.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin, Governor Abiodun described the death of the Egba born British-trained lawyer, industrialist and traditional chief, as a colossal loss to Nigeria in general and Ogun State in particular.
He expressed grief that the late Chief Shonekan, former chairman chairman of the UAC Nigeria Plc, passed on at a period Nigeria needed his experience most as a technocrat.
Similarly, former Ogun State Governor and Senator representing Ogun Central Senatorial district, Ibikunle Amosun says the passage of Chief Ernest Shonekan is a great loss to the people of Ogun State and Nigeria in general. He described the late renowned industrialist as a cherished leader and a respected Elder Statesman whose life and times epitomized service to humanity and the nation.
Senator Amosun recalls the crucial roles the late Chief Shonekan played during the critical period that he served as the Head of the Interim National Government of Nigeria.
He prayed God to grant him eternal rest and give the entire Shonekan family, the people of Ogun State and Nigeria, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.