Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former President Goodluck Jonathan, ex-Head of State, Normal Yakubu Gowon (rtd), Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun) and Godwin Obaseki (Edo) and different eminent Nigerians on Friday attended the funeral service of former Head of Interim Nationwide Authorities, Chief Ernest Shonekan.
The service held on the Cathedral Church Of Christ, Marina in Lagos and presided over by the Primate and Metropolitan of the Anglican Communion (Church of Nigeria), Most Revd. Henry Ndukuba, was additionally attended by Ministers of Info and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Commerce and Trade, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; Mines and Metal Growth, Arc Olamilekan Adegbite; State for Well being, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora; State for Works and Housing Alhaji Mu’Azu Jaji Sambo, former Ogun State Governors, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and Otunba Gbenga Daniel and former Kano State Governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, amongst others.
Talking on the occasion attended by lots of of Anglican Bishops and monks, non secular leaders, politicians, captains of business, entrepreneurs, in addition to household, pals and associates of the deceased, Vice President Osinbajo stated late Shonekan lived a unprecedented life.
Osinbajo, who described the late Shonekan as a person of future similar to Nigeria is a nation of future, stated the previous Head of Interim Nationwide Authorities had respect for all and there was a method he carried himself via life.
The Vice President additionally praised Shonekan’s contributions to Nigeria, first as a enterprise guru and later as Head of Federal Authorities, including that the deceased believed that nationwide improvement was achievable if there was a deep collaboration between the private and non-private sector.
He stated: “Chief Shonekan lived a unprecedented life.
“He’s a person of future similar to Nigeria is a nation of future. He believes that nationwide improvement is achievable if there’s a deep collaboration between the private and non-private sector.”
In his sermon, former Primate and Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Anglican Communion (Church of Nigeria), Most. Revd Peter Akinola, stated the late Shonekan put his life on the road for the sake of Nigeria by serving because the Head of the Interim Nationwide Authorities through the turbulent time in Nigeria’s political historical past.
The clergy stated Shonekan had executed that which God enabled him to do for himself, his household, the church and Nigeria.
The Bishop stated that many individuals suggested Chief Shonekan to not take up the job of heading the interim authorities due to the chance of a coup, however Shonekan thought of Nigeria to be extra essential.
The Bishop who famous that even the church refused to present the late Shonekan the advantage of the doubt whereas some political opportunists demonised him and known as him unprintable names.
“He put his life on the road for the sake of this nation. Maybe, we wish to know that Chief Shonekan was not fully unaware that the coup would happen.
“Shonekan not being a typical formidable Nigerian politician, he refused to do many issues to protect himself in workplace. A typical Nigerian politician will do all the pieces attainable to proceed in workplace, come rain come fireplace.”
Governor Sanwo-Olu additionally paid glowing tributes to the late former Head of Interim Nationwide Authorities, saying generations of Nigerians will stay appreciative of Shonekan’s braveness, sacrifice and stabilising affect on the polity.
He stated Chief Shonekan in his calm and unflappable method, steered the course of the nation, throughout his tenure as Head of the Interim Nationwide Authorities till the army intervention that adopted, noting that it was a brave factor for him to do, at such a turbulent time in Nigeria’s historical past.
Talking on Thursday on the Wake Maintain Service and Night time of Tributes for Ernest Shonekan held at Victoria Island in Lagos, Governor Sanwo-Olu described the previous Chairman and Managing Director of the United Africa Firm of Nigeria (UACN) as a foremost and extremely revered industrialist and company administrator; a first-class boardroom guru with an enviable observe report.
The Governor stated whether or not within the boardroom or within the Council Chamber, the late Shonekan may very well be counted on as a smart, calm and mature statesman.
He stated Shonekan heading UACN in his early 40s made him a number one supply of inspiration and a job mannequin to generations of high-flying Nigerians behind him.
“Nigeria has misplaced a really nice man, a real chief and visionary, a person whose immense success in life didn’t alter his important humility and goodness.
“The flood of tributes within the wake of Chief Shonekan’s passing attest to the type of human being he was. You can even go searching on the caliber of individuals who’ve gathered right here this night, in his honour,” he stated.
Governor Sanwo-Olu whereas talking on the legacy of the deceased instructed the widow of the previous Head of Interim Nationwide Authorities, Mrs Margaret Shonekan, his kids, grandchildren, and your complete household, to know that “his place in our hearts won’t ever be diminished.” Supply: ThisDay