Earlier on Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered all flags to be flown at half-mast from Wednesday 12th to Friday 14th January in memory of Ernest Shonekan, Nigeria’s former interim leader who passed away on Monday.
He also stated that Shonekan displayed to all an innate love for country and a commitment to peace and unity that transcended the trappings of office and the transient nature of political power.
President Buhari who received the news of the death of the former Head of the Interim National Government with profound sadness, added that Nigeria owes Shonekan a great debt of gratitude, pointing out that he served as a peacemaker that helped make Nigeria a democratic nation.
“I have directed that the National Flag be flown at half-mast, effective from Wednesday 12th to Friday 14th January 2022, as a mark of respect for the departed former Head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, GCFR.
“On behalf of the Federal Government, I extend my deepest condolences to Chief Shonekan’s wife, Margaret, his loved ones, and the government and people of Ogun State.
“With courageous wisdom, Chief 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,” Buhari said.
In an earlier article, LagosPost reported that Chief Ernest Adegunle Oladeinde Shonekan, GCFR, died on Tuesday morning at the age of 85. Shonekan served as Interim Head of State of Nigeria from 26 August 1993 to 17 November 1993.