Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo has described the Former President of Nigeria, Late Ernest Oladeinde Shonekan as a global icon, whose legacy, patriotism and love of his homeland would echo forever.
Alake disclosed this, after formally and traditionally receiving information about the demise of the late Egba Patriot and Nigeria’s Iconic leader and economic expert, from the Itoko Chiefs and the deceased children, led by the Oluwo Itoko, at the Ake Palace on Wednesday 12 January, 2022.
Addressing the Press and the Itoko people and the Alake said, he joined the Widow of the deceased, children, many Nigerians who loved him and the Global Community, in mourning the departure of a great man.
Oba Gbadebo commiserated with Egbaland, all Itoko Indigenes, Corporate Business World, where Chief Sonekan eloquently showed his love for patriotism and Good Governance.
Alake nostalgically recalled Chief Ernest Shonekan’s dexterity in saving Nigeria from the precipice of collapse as an Interim President of Nigeria,
The Egba Apex Monarch reiterated that, the late Icon who for 82 days, served as President of Nigeria, adding that, he kept the country together and maintain her unity.
He added that, the Former President had done a lot for Nigeria, adding that, his contributions and achievements could never be forgotten in the development of Nigeria.
Oba Gbadebo noted that the deceased’s patriotism and love of his Homeland, was worthy of being endeared by many people, adding that, anytime people talked about Education, Progress in Nigeria, Ogun State and Egbaland, they would always find Chief Shonekan in the forefront,
He recalled that, the former President started with Abeokuta Grammar School, went to CMS Grammar School and Igbobi College to finish his Secondary Education, adding that, the deceased received a law degree from the University of London and was called to the bar and later attended Harvard Business School.
Alake disclosed that, Chief Shonekan joined the UAC in 1964, rose through the ranks in the company and was promoted to an assistant legal adviser, later became a deputy adviser and joined the board of directors at the age of 40.
The Egba Apex Monarch commended the late Chief Shonekan for his impactful contributions in the society, adding that, in 1994, he founded the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, an Advocacy Group and Think-Tank for private sector-led development of the Nigerian economy.
He urged everyone to share love and let peace radiates among one another, adding, that’s what, the late icon had always preached about, while alive.
Also speaking, the First Son of the deceased, Dr Adeboye Shonekan said that, his father was a mentor, a man of integrity, who exemplified everything about being a good Christian
Speaking about the Funeral Service of the Late Icon, Dr Adeboye noted that, they were in consultation, which were some of the reasons, he came to meet the Alake, adding that, when plans were more concrete, they would announce them.
Egba Chiefs present at the occasion were; Balogun of Egbaland; Chief Sikirullahi Atobatele, Baagbimo of Egbaland; Chief Akanni Akinwale, Baba Adeen of Egbaland, Chief Raji Rasheed, Odole of Egbaland; Chief Sowemimo Sonekan, Bantun Kehinde Sofenwa, Baamofin of Egbaland, Chief Sunday Odutan and Baaroyin of Egbaland; Chief Layi Labode.