Afenifere, Nigerian Economic Summit Group mourn Shonekan
Pan-Yoruba sociopolitical organisation, Afenifere, yesterday, mourned the former Head of Interim National Government (ING), Chief Ernest Shonekan, who died on Tuesday, aged 85.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, Afenifere described the death as a loss to the nation.
“Without doubt, Chief Shonekan’s heading of a government in Nigeria was another testament of how God works mysteriously. He was neither a soldier nor a politician, yet he became a Head of State. This happened at a time when it was only through either of these two situations that one could head a government in Nigeria. It was a reminder that God is the ultimate kingmaker who anoints those He pleases. May the soul of the high chief rest in peace,” Afenifere said.
ALSO, Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) mourned Shonekan, its founding father.
A statement signed by Mr. Asue Ighodalo, on behalf of NESG’s Board of Directors, reads: “We join the entire nation to mourn the passing of our founding father, Chief Ernest Shonekan GCFR, KBE, former interim Head of State, who was for us not just an elder statesman but also a visionary thought leader, patriot and reform advocate.
“Chief Shonekan’s keen intellect and tireless efforts helped birth the NESG. He was also an astute and committed private sector player who joined the United Africa Company of Nigeria in 1964 and rose through the ranks in the company to become Chairman and Managing Director in 1980.”
“Chief Shonekan was notable for his vision of a Nigeria without ethnic or religious prejudice that is secure, peaceful and prosperous. He contributed to this by leading diligently and serving passionately in the national interest throughout his lifetime of service.
“At the NESG, we rededicate ourselves to advancing Chief Shonekan’s mandate in the national interest. Despite the odds, we remain committed to his enduring legacy. We find inspiration in his forthrightness and tenacity, which continue to pave the way for a globally competitive and inclusive Nigerian economy.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Chief Shonekan’s beloved family at this time. May his soul rest in peace.”