The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has described former Head of the Interim National Government, Ernest Shonekan, as a man of peace who worked tirelessly for Nigeria.
WuzupNigeria reported that the ex-Head of the Interim National Government, passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at age 85.
Buhari’s tribute is contained in a statement signed on Tuesday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled, ‘President Buhari pays tribute to the life, legacy of Chief Shonekan.’
Femi Adesina reports Buhari as saying, “President Buhari received with profound sadness the news of the death of a great statesman and former Head of the Interim National Government, Ernest Shonekan.
“On behalf of the Federal Government, the President extends deepest condolences to Shonekan’s wife, Margaret, loved ones, as well as the government and people of Ogun State.”
The President said that as an internationally-respected statesman, Shonekan demonstrated courageous wisdom when he 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 also said that Shonekan’s life and service demonstrated that love for country and commitment to her development transcends the trappings of office and the transient nature of political power.
He noted that the former interim leader demonstrated to all that the love for country and commitment to her development, peace and unity transcends the trappings of office and the transient nature of political power.
According to Buhari, “Nigeria owes a great debt to Shonekan, the peacemaker, who even at the twilight of his lifetime never stopped believing and working for a prosperous and democratic country.”
He, therefore, prayed that the memory of the departed Head of Government would remain a blessing to Nigeria even as he finds perfect peace with Almighty God.