Buhari, Jonathan mourn former Nigerian leader, Ernest Shonekan


President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the news of the death of the former Head of the Interim National Government, Ernest Shonekan.

The president, in a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, on Tuesday, in Abuja extended condolences to Shonekan’s wife, Margaret, loved ones, as well as the government and people of Ogun State.

Shonekan died on Tuesday at the age of 85.

President Buhari affirmed that, as an internationally-respected statesman with courageous wisdom,  Shonekan left his ”flourishing business career to become the Head of Government, at a delicate time when the country needed someone of his calm mien and pedigree to save the ship of state from sinking.”

The president noted that  Shonekan demonstrated to all that the love for country and commitment to her development, peace and unity transcended the trappings of office and the transient nature of political power.

According to him, Nigeria owes a great debt to Shonekan, adding that even at the twilight of his life time, he never stopped believing and working for a prosperous and democratic country.

Also, former President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed sadness over the news of the passing of  Shonekan.

Jonathan made this known in a condolence message to the family and the Government of Ogun State, signed by his Special Adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, on Tuesday, in Abuja.

He described  Shonekan as “an elder statesman, well-loved for his sincerity and sense of purpose.”

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