Lofty principles Shonekan exhibited deserve more attention – Osinbajo

On Friday, Osinbajo delivered the remarks at Shonekan’s funeral at the Cathedral Church Of Christ, Marina.

Ernest Shonekan had a remarkable life. But it’s possible that the way he lived his life and the lofty principles he exhibited deserve more attention,” the Vice President remarked.

“That true regard he had for people of all classes, religions, and tribes, his unwavering belief in the underlying goodness in everyone, his love and generosity not only for his family but for everyone.”

“His particular attributes that supported his tremendous achievements were his knowledge and experience-driven leadership and counsel, which he offered always with unfailing humility and courteousness.”

Others in attendance were the Secretary to the Government of Federation, Boss Mustapha, Minister of Information Lai Mohammed, Former Head Of State Yakubu Gowon, the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun, as well as the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki.

Former Governor of Ogun State Ibikunle Amosun is also in attendance.

The Lagos State government had announced a 13-hour closure of roads leading to Marina where the funeral is taking place.

Chief Shonekan who served as the head of the interim national government between August and November 1993 died on the 11th of January 2022 at the age of 86.

He later received a law degree from the University of London and was called to the bar, after which he attended Harvard Business School.

Shonekan joined the UAC in 1964. He rose through the ranks in the company and was promoted to an assistant legal adviser. He later became a deputy adviser and joined the board of directors at the age of 40.

He was made chairman and Managing Director in 1980 and went on to cultivate a wide array of international business and political connections.

On January 2, 1993, Shonekan assumed office as head of the transitional council and Head of Government under General Babangida.

In 1994, he founded the Nigerian Economic Summit Group an advocacy group and think-tank for private sector-led development of the Nigerian economy.

Since then, Shonekan went on to feature prominently as an elder statesman.

At the time of his death, he was the third oldest surviving Nigerian Head of State after Queen Elizabeth II and General Yakubu Gowon.

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