Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, expressed profound grief on Sunday over the recent loss of prominent Nigerian figures in the past three days.
Fani-Kayode highlighted the tragic passing of Cairo Ojuogboh, a notable chieftain of the All Progressives Congress; Rtd. Brigadier-General Jones Oladeinde Arogbofa, former Chief of Staff to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan; and Herbert Wigwe, founder of Access Holdings, as devastating blows to Nigeria.
In a heartfelt post on X, Fani-Kayode lamented the immense loss to the nation, emphasizing the remarkable contributions of each individual to Nigerian society.
He mourned the passing of Hon. Cairo Ojuogboh, highlighting his political prowess and service in the Niger Delta Development Commission and the House of Representatives. He also paid tribute to Brigadier-General Jones Oladeinde Arogbofa, acknowledging his distinguished military career and leadership role as Chief of Staff under President Goodluck Jonathan.
The tragedy deepened with the news of Herbert Wigwe’s demise, alongside his wife and son, in a harrowing helicopter crash, along with Bimbo Ogunbanjo, Chairman of the Nigerian Exchange PLC, whom Fani-Kayode referred to as a childhood friend and brother.
“Three days ago we lost Hon. Cairo Ojuogboh, a formidable politician, a former Director of NDDC and a former Member of the House of Representatives.
“Yesterday we lost Brigadier-General Jones Oladeinde Arogbofa (rtd.), a distinguished and courageous former Army Commander and the former Chief of Staff to President Goodluck Jonathan (@GEJonathan).
“Just as the news of the tragic demise of these two fine gentlemen began to sink in we were hit with yet more bad news late last night when we read reports about the loss of Herbert Wigwe (@HerbertOWigwe), the CEO of Access Holdings (together with his beautiful wife and son) and my childhood friend and brother Bimbo Ogunbanjo, the Chairman of the Nigerian Exchange PLC, in a horrific helicopter crash.
“The last three days have indeed been a nightmare for Nigeria as some of our brightest and best have been cut short. Our nation is undoubtedly the worse for it and we shall miss them all,” he wrote.
The nation, Fani-Kayode noted, will undoubtedly feel the void left by these remarkable leaders, whose legacies will be cherished and remembered.
“The loss of each and every one of these notable and accomplished individuals is a tragedy of monumental proportions,” he said.
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