- The late Ernest Shonekan has been described as a consequential figure in the development of Nigeria's private sector
- The description was given by the vice president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo during his visit to the widow and family members of late Shonekan
- Osinbajo visited Chief Margeret, the widow of the late leader alongside his wife Dolapo Osinbajo at their Ikoyi residence
The vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has paid a condolence visit to the wife of the late head of Nigeria's interim nation government, Ernest Shonekan.
Visiting Chief Margeret Shonekan, the wife of the lady leader and his family on Sunday, January 16, Osinbajo described Shonekan as a consequential leader in the private sector.
He said the late Shonekan during his time ensured that he impacted economic policy in Nigeria that improved the lives of the people.
In a post made on his official Facebook page, the vice president who visited the Shonekans alongside his wife, Dolapo blessed the name of the Lord for the life lived by Shonekan.
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He said the late leader lived a life of service to Nigeria and to God.
Noting that the people are proud of the contributions made by Shonekan in shaping the country, the vice president prayed for the repose of his soul.
"We are proud of his contribution to shaping the modern Nigerian economy while being a leading light in the private sector and for his statesmanship and leadership at a time of great uncertainty in our nation.
His Legacy of integrity, high values and service will remain evergreen in our memories. We pray that the Lord will comfort the family and May his memory be blessed forever in Jesus Name. Amen."
Vice president received at Shonekan's Ikoyi residence
According to the report, the condolence visit took place at the Ikoyi residence of the Shonekans where the vice president and his wife were received.
“Here was a man who made an impact. He was one of the very first leaders in the private sector to shape economic policy in Nigeria, and his role in that respect was very significant."
Buhari issues strong directive over the death of the former head of interim government Shonekan
The Nigeria flag at various locations across the country would be flying at half-mast from Tuesday, January 12 to Friday, January 14.
The directive for the flags to be flown at half-mast was given by President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of a former head of interim government Ernest Shonekan.
Chief Shonekan died on Tuesday, January 11, at an unidentified hospital in the Lekki area of Lagos state.
Governor Hope Uzodimma mourns former interim president Chief Ernest Shonekan
Governor Hope Uzodimma has joined other prominent Nigerians in mourning Chief Ernest Shonekan.
Governor Uzodimma described the former interim Head of State as a man who risked it all for the sake of Nigeria's unity.
The governor described Chief Shonekan as a forthright man who courageously stood in the gap when it was risky to do so.