President Bola Tinubu on Sunday said the tragic death of two senior members of the Nigerian business community; the Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, Herbert Wigwe, and the former Group Chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, Abimbola Ogunbanjo is ‘an overwhelming tragedy that is shocking beyond comprehension’.
The duo passed on in a ghastly helicopter crash in the United States (US), on Saturday. Also killed in the air crash were the wife of Wigwe, Chizoba, their son, and two helicopter crew members.
In a statement released on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, President Tinubu described the tragic accident as “an overwhelming tragedy that is shocking beyond comprehension.”
The statement said: “After receiving official confirmation of events, President Bola Tinubu receives with shock and deep distress the news of the passing of Mr. Herbert Wigwe, top banker and entrepreneur, and Mr. Abimbola Ogunbanjo, OFR, former Group Chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, along with members of the Wigwe family.
“Mr. Herbert Wigwe, CON, was the Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc and founder of the How Foundation.
“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.
“President Tinubu prays for the peaceful repose of the departed and asks God Almighty to comfort the multitude of Nigerians who are grieving and the families of the deceased at this deeply agonizing moment.”