Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum and Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has said the late Ernest Shonekan was committed to the peace and unity of the country and pursued it with vigour and dedication as a patriot.
This is as he revealed that he received the news of the death of the elder statesman and former Head of the Interim National Government with a heavy heart.
Akeredolu described Shonekan’s death as a huge loss to the country while noting that the vast experience of the elder statesman was an asset to the country, particularly with the array of challenges confronting the nation.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Richard Olatunde, in a statement on Tuesday, said Akeredolu maintained that the service of the former Head of Interim National Government will never be forgotten in the annals of the history of the country.
Akeredolu was quoted as saying, “Chief Ernest Shonekan was a nationalist per excellence. His belief in a united and peaceful Nigeria was unparalleled. He was dedicated to the progress and development of the county. He will be sorely missed.
“His historic and patriotic role in maintaining the unity of the country was one of the many things that endeared him to many. He was indeed an asset, his counsels were useful for national cohesion and progress.”
Akeredolu prayed to God to grant the deceased eternal rest while commiserating with his wife, the government and the people of Ogun State.