Herbert Wigwe: List of Governors That Wore "Aso Ebi" At Access Bank CEO's Funeral, Photos Emerge

Herbert Wigwe: List of Governors That Wore "Aso Ebi" At Access Bank CEO's Funeral, Photos Emerge

Herbert Onyewumbu Wigwe, the former group managing director and chief executive officer of Access Bank Holdings, who died on February 9, 2024, was taken to his final home on Saturday, March 9, as his funeral service was held in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.

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Numerous tributes have been paid to the late billionaire, with political figures and members of the business community recounting their remarkable experiences with the departed business mogul.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu and others at Herbert Wigwe's funeral in Port Harcourt Photo Credit: Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Dapo Abiodun, Kayode Fayemi, BBC
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Wigwe died alongside his wife, Chizoba and his son, Chizi, in a helicopter crash in the United States.

The former group chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group), Abimbola Ogunbanjo, was also aboard the chopper, with all passengers confirmed dead hours later.

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At their funeral service on Saturday, some governors were seen wearing "Aso Ebi" to express their love and closeness for the deceased.

"Aso Ebi" is a practice among the Yoruba people of Southwest Nigeria, where a particular cloth is worn by family members, friends, and loved ones during weddings, funerals, birthdays, namings, and other social functions.

The governors are listed below:

Siminalayi Fubara

The governor of Rivers state was one of the prominent figures who was spotted with the Aso Ebi to honour the late billionaire at his funeral on Saturday.

Being the host governor, he had a lengthy time to address the gathering, challenging the political class to reflect on the essence of the power struggle, especially when it was not meant to impact positively on society.

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Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos state governor was also spotted with his Aso Ebi style in two separate photos with different styles. One was in the traditional Ijaw style, while the other was in the popular Ankara style.

In a tweet, the governor announced his presence at the funeral service of the late business mogul, Herbert Wigwe, stating, "We gathered to pay our respects, sharing heartfelt eulogies and offering support and solace to the family during this difficult time."

See the tweet here:

Dapo Abiodun

Like his Lagos counterpart, the Ogun state governor was also spotted wearing the same Aso Ebis worn by Sanwo-Olu and Fubara.

In a tweet, Abiodun conveyed his goodbye message to the late businessman: "With hearts burdened by grief and sadness, we convey our final goodbyes.

The governor further prayed:

"May our benevolent Lord safeguard and console their children, family, relatives, friends, and acquaintances, granting each of us the resilience to endure and navigate through the anguish caused by this unfortunate tragedy."

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Below is his tweet:

Other governors at the funeral services were Douye Diri of Bayelsa, Abia state's Alex Otti and Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom.

Also spotted at the event include chairman and CEO of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote as well as the former Emir of Kano and ex-governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido.

Other prominent figures present at the event are Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister Nyesom Wike; the minister of finance Wale Edun; former governors Peter Obi of Anambra; Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers; Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa; Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti; James Ibori of Delta and former Senate president Bukola Saraki.

Herbert Wigwe: Family announces 6-day burial arrangement

Legit.ng earlier reported that the Herbert Wigwe family announced a six-day burial arrangement for the late GCEO of Access Bank

Recall that the late banker died in a chopper crash involving his wife, Chizoba and their son, Chizi

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Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the former group chairman of NGX Group, was also killed in the crash with the Wigwes

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