Former Nigeria’s Interim Head of Government, Ernest Shonekan, was buried amidst fanfare at the Vaults Cemetery, Ikoyi, Lagos, as families, well wishers, former Presidents, Governors and dignitaries bid him farewell.
Leading the Federal Government delegation was the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari alongside the Secretary to the Government of Federation, Boss Mustapha, Minister of Information Lai Mohammed, the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, as well as the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki.
At the Church service, Osinbajo in his speech eulogized the late Shonekan, describing him as a highly consequential leader in the private sector who impacted economic policy in Nigeria.
He said his demise was a major loss to the country.
“Shonekan is a bridge builder, that was determined in uplifting the nation, and he made his mark in his short stint in power. When he was told to come and become the Interim President, he had said that if your country needs you, you must come to help. This is what he did and he will be missed.
81 Division of Nigerian Army, it was gathered gave 21-artillery gun salute in his honour at Ebony Vault and Garden, Ikoyi, Lagos.Late Chief Shonekan was the Abese of Egbaland till his last day on earth.He was the interim head of the Nigerian Government between August 26 and November 17, 1993, when he was ousted in a coup led by the late General Sani Abacha.