Former Governor of Ogun State, His Excellency, Otunba Gbenga Justus Daniel has condoled with the wife, Her Excellency, Chief Mrs Margaret Shonekan and family of the former President of Nigeria, His Excellency, Chief Ernest Shonekan who passed on yesterday, Tuesday, 11th of January, 2022 at the age of 85.
“I received with grief the news of His Excellency, Chief Ernest Shonekan’s demise this morning. I have no doubt that Chief Shonekan lived a life of absolute fulfilment and, in all ramification, he earned a space in the book of patriots.
“Nigeria has lost one of its finest Corporate players, one of the earliest Captains in the Industry as Chairman of the UACN; a rare and distinguished personality as President of the country and an advocate of peace. In Ogun State, we have lost a pillar of support and elder statesman,” Daniel said.
Talking about how he met late Chief Shonekan, Engr. Daniel said “I first met Chief Ernest Shonekan in the corporate world as Chairman of UACN, several years ago, being a UAC Scholar myself, and we remain close till his death. Personally, I have lost a father, friend, mentor and adviser.
“But in all these, let us take solace that he lived a fulfilled and adorable life that generations after us will remember.
“On behalf of my family, I offer my deepest condolences and pray that God Almighty will provide the much-needed strength to carry on at this time of such great loss,” Daniel condoled.
Chief Ernest Adegunle Oladeinde Shonekan was born on May 9, 1936, titled Abese of Egbaland from 1981 (in addition to a variety of other chieftaincy titles, was a Nigerian lawyer and statesman who served as the interim Head of State of Nigeria from August 26, 1993 to 17th November 1993.