Chief Ernest Shonekan, according to Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, was a leader who will be remembered for his courage, selflessness, and patriotic service to the country during a difficult time.

Governor Oyetola also described Chief Shonekan as a “elder statesman” and “industrialist” whose exceptional qualities demonstrated a strong commitment to Nigeria’s peace, unity, and development both in and out of office.

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On Tuesday, the Governor issued a condolence statement, which he signed and made available to his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan.

While expressing sadness over the death of the former head of the Interim National Government, the Osun governor added that his death had left a gap that would take a long time to close.

“On behalf of my family, government, and people of Osun, I express my condolences to Chief Ernest Shonekan’s wife, his family, government, and people of Ogun State,” he said.

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“I pray that God grant Chief Shonekan’s soul eternal rest and that God grant his beloved wife, family, and the people of Ogun State the strength to bear his loss.”

Chief Ernest Shonekan, a former Chairman of UAC Plc, died on Tuesday morning in Lagos. Between August 26 and November 17, 1993, he was the Interim National Government of Nigeria’s leader before being deposed by General Sani Abacha.

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