Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Tuesday mourned an elder statesman and the former head of the defunct Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan.
Shonekan, who headed the ING between August 26 and November 17 1993, died in Lagos in the early hours of Tuesday at 85.
Abiodun, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, described the death of the Egba born British-trained lawyer, industrialist and traditional chief, as a colossal loss to Nigeria in general and Ogun State in particular.
He expressed grief that Shonekan, a former chairman of the UAC Nigeria Plc., died at a period Nigeria needed his experience the most as a technocrat.
“Chief Shonekan was a first-class administrator, boardroom guru and astute leader whose imprint in the business and political firmaments can not be erased. His commitment to a peaceful resolution and patriotic fervour will live after him.
“Chief Shonekan, an Egba traditional chief (Babasale of Egbaland), was a true Nigerian who spent most of his life for the betterment of the country,” the statement said.
While noting that his death has created a huge vacuum in Nigeria, and Egbaland, Abiodun prayed for the repose of the deceased’s soul and that God will comfort his immediate family and the Egba Traditional Council.
“He will be sorely missed,” the statement further read.