Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, and former President, Goodluck Jonathan, on Friday in Lagos attended a State Funeral Service for Ernest Shonekan.
Mr Shonekan, who served as the Head of Interim National Government from August 26, 1993, to November 17, 1993, died in Lagos on January 11 at the age of 85.
Mr Gowon was accompanied by his wife, Victoria, to the service held at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos.
Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, and Godwin Obaseki of Edo States were at the service.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, and other members of the Federal Executive Council, members of the National Assembly, service chiefs, and traditional rulers, among others, also attended the service.
Delivering a message titled, `A Life of Two Great Halves Lived in Service: A tribute to Chief Ernest Adegunle Shonekan,’ Mr Osinbajo said the deceased creditably acquitted himself in various spheres of life.
“If ever a man could be said to have lived a life of two equally consequential halves, and in service, that man would be Shonekan.
“And so it transpired that within the first four and a half decades of his life, Chief Shonekan had established himself as one of the nation’s foremost corporate technocrats and a figure of renown in the boardrooms of many private companies, multinational and indigenous in which he served as chairman and director.
“It was in this position that he became known as the face of Nigerian free enterprise.
“The UACN under his leadership fully evolved from a trading outfit to a manufacturing colossus with interests in diverse sectors ranging from agriculture and automotive industries to cosmetics, electronics, and textiles among many other areas.
“Known in the business community for his personal integrity and reliability, and trusted in the corridors of political power for his counsel and guidance by successive governments, Shonekan had a position in Nigeria that few had before him or have now.”
The vice president said that Mr Shonekan took up the challenge to steer the nation in one of the most turbulent chapters of its history.
Mr Osinbajo said that in Mr Shonekan’s own words, “he was compelled by a sense of duty and responsibility to accept the role and to give his best in shepherding his country through an experience unknown and unprecedented in our history.”
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