Nigeria has lost an icon
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has lamented over the demise of Former Interim Head of the Nigerian Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan discribing him as an icon.
According to Ortom, “Shonekan was an outstanding role model who stood to be counted when it mattered.”
Shonekan was head of the Nigerian government between August 26 and November 17, 1993, and was later overthrown in a coup led by late General Sani Abacha.
According to reports, Shonekan died at a hospital in the Lekki area of Lagos State at the age of 85.
Ortom said, “Shonekan was a vibrant and courageous leader who left his positive footprints in the sands of time.
“Though his stint in office was short, he made great impacts. Nigerians felt his contributions within that time giving his experience as a technocrat in the organized private sector. He prioritized the welfare and security of all citizens without prejudice.
“His invaluable contributions to the ideals of nationhood remains a reference point in many years to come. Posterity will be kind to him.
“Chief Shonekan was a great nationalist. It is sad to lose him at a time like this when Nigeria needed his wealth of experience and wise counsel to navigate through the murky political waters .
Governor Ortom also prayed that God grants the deceased eternal rest and the family to bear the irreparable loss.