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Demise Of Herbert Wigwe: Senate Observes Minute Silence

Herbert Wigwe
Herbert Wigwe

The Senate, on Wednesday, observed a minute silence in honour of  Access Holdings boss, Herbert Wigwe, who died in the United States.

It resolved to send a delegation to his burial when announced.

The Senate urged the Federal Government to collaborate with U.S. authorities to ensure a thorough probe.

These followed a motion of urgent public importance by Senator Allwell Onyesoh (Rivers State), urging his colleagues to extol the virtues of Wigwe.

Senators, while contributing to the debate, lauded Wigwe’s professionalism and philanthropy.

Godswill Akpabio, the president, said Wigwe was a “pan-Africanist, who took Access Bank beyond the shores of Nigeria.”

Akpabio said: “He died with his wife, son and another illustrious Nigerian, Abimbola Ogunbanjo.

“We can’t question God for all that happened. He paid fees for indigent students and Hajj fares for people.

“His legacies will never be forgotten. May their souls rest in peace.”

Senator Aminu Tambuwal   described Wigwe as a “pan-Nigerian, and one of our best hands in the financial system of our country.”

Tambuwal said Wigwe was born in Oyo State and had his secondary education at Federal Government College, Sokoto.

“While I was governor of Sokoto, he visited me. He asked my uncles what he would do for them. They appealed to him to sponsor them to Hajj. He gave them 10 seats as a Christian, for them to go on Hajj. That was Herbert Wigwe for you,” Tambuwal said.

Senator Gbenga Daniel said Nigeria lost a personality that would be long to replace.

Daniel, a former governor of Ogun State, also drew the attention of his colleagues to the death of Abimbola Ogunbanjo in the same helicopter crash.

“We also lost in that accident, a very distinguished Nigerian, Abimbola Ogunbanjo Bimbola. We mourn the Wigwes and Ogunbanjo, and we pray to God to grant their souls eternal rest”, he said.

Others who recalled the life and time of the late Access Holdings boss were Senators Tokunbo Abiru and Ahmed Wadada.

Credit: thenationonlineng.net

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