Shonekan was a visionary leader – NESG
The Nigerian Economic Summit Group has described the former head of interim government of Nigeria Chief Ernest Shonekan as a visionary leader.
Shinekan died in Lagos on Tuesday.
He headed the interim government sandwiched between the military juntas of generals Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and Sani Abacha.
His government lasted between August 26 and November 17, 1993. He was ousted in a coup led by Abacha.
“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,” Asue Ighodalo, the chairman of the board of directors of NESG said in a statement.
Ighodalo said Shonekan intellect and efforts helped birth the Nigerian Economic Summit Group.
“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 GCFR, KBE 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.”