Former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has described the former Interim Head of the Nigerian government, Chief Earnest Shonekan as a patriot and gentleman who gave his all for the sake of Nigeria.
Reacting to the demise of the elder statesman in Abuja, Senator Mark recalled that Shonekan was appointed Head of the government during the critical period of national challenges to pilot the affairs of the nation.
Paul Mumeh, the special adviser to Senator Mark in a statement quoted the former President of the Senate as noted the finesse, humane and due process Shonekan brought to bear during his short-lived tenure as Interim Head of State for the smooth administration of the Country.
He noted the entrepreneurial accomplishments of Shonekan as the Chairman of the United Africa Company (UAC) before he was appointed Head of the interim government as a technocrat to help find solutions to the political quagmire that arose after the annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential election.
The ill fated election was believed to have been won by business mogul, Chief MKO Abiola.
Senator Mark said Shonekan will be remembered for his meritorious and selfless services to the nation; especially during critical times.
He added that “history will be kind to Shonekan for his bravery and contributions to the peace, unity and development of the nation”.
The former Senate President urged the federal government to immortalise Shonekan as a leader who gave his all for the nation to remain peaceful and united.