President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday commiserated with the family of Chief Ernest Shonekan, Head of the Interim National Government during the annulled June 12, 1993, presidential election.
The President who visited the Lugard Avenue, Ikoyi residence of the late Shonekan in Lagos was accompanied by the State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, alongside his Ogun and Yobe state counterparts, Prince Dapo Abiodun and Mai Mala Buni.
Buhari and his entourage, who arrived at Shonekan’s house around 4:40 pm, were received by members of the late Shonekan family.
Buhari, who was on a one-day presidential visit to Ogun State to inaugurate some projects by the Abiodun administration, stopped in Lagos on his way to Abuja and spent some time commiserating with the late Shonekan’s family.
He sympathised with the family of Shonekan who died in Lagos on Tuesday at the age of 85.
Shonekan was at the helm of affairs in Nigeria between August 26 and November 17, 1993 after General Ibrahim Babangida stepped aside as military president.
Sanwo-Olu, in a condolence message issued on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, described the late Shonekan as a renowned technocrat, seasoned administrator and passionate leader who served his country meritoriously as a public servant during his short tenure as Number One Citizen in Nigeria.
He said the late elder statesman did his best for the country in contributing to its growth and development.
The governor also praised Shonekan’s contribution to the economy of Nigeria as boardroom guru and employer of labour, especially during his tenure as the Chairman and Managing Director of the United Africa Company.