President Bola Tinubu has expressed shock over the tragic death of Access Holdings’ Chief Executive Officer, Herbert Wigwe, and the former Group Chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, Abimbola Ogunbanjo.
Wigwe, Ogunbanjo were reported dead after a chopper crash that also claimed the lives of Wigwe’s wife, son, and two crew members on Friday, in California, USA.
Tinubu conveyed his condolences to the grieving families, as well as the entire business community in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, on Sunday, February 11.
The parts of the statement read “President Tinubu mourns these exceptional Nigerian business leaders and describes their passing as an overwhelming tragedy that is shocking beyond comprehension.
“The President condoles with the Wigwe and Ogunbanjo families, the business community, and all those impacted by this harrowing incident.”
*How Nigerians Are Reacting Wigwe’s Death*
Nigerians from different walks of life are still shocked following the announcement of Wigwe’s death. Many took to their social media handles to mourn and expressed condolences to his family.
The Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala described Wigwe as a “patriotic Nigerian.”
On their separate social media handles, Governor of Ogun state, Dapo Abiodun, and his Lagos state counterpart, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said Wigwe’s contribution to the banking sector “remains unmatched”.
Rivers state governor, Siminalaya Fubara, said Wigwe left enduring legacies for the country.
“Nigeria has lost one of its most innovative and creative entrepreneurs. He not only led Access Bank to become a global brand, he developed Access Corporation into a veritable vehicle for addressing developmental challenges.
“He established Wigwe University to equip Nigerian youths with the skills to compete in a complex and fast changing world.