Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has expressed his sadness over the passing of Herbert Wigwe, the founder of Access Holdings Plc.
Gatekeepers News reports that Atiku described Wigwe as an accomplished banker, as well as an advocate for education and philanthropy.
Posting on X, Atiku wrote: “In the words of one of Nigeria’s finest CEOs, Herbert Wigwe, “Today and always, let us remember that life is a precious gift – a chance to breathe, feel, love, experience and connect. Let’s honour this gift by living with purpose, kindness, and gratitude, making every moment count. Let us number our days.
“I’m deeply saddened to hear about the unfortunate incident that led to the loss of Herbert Wigwe, Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, and his family. Indeed, Herbert Wigwe, consummate banker, education promoter, and philanthropist, numbered his days. On behalf of my family, my heart goes out to their loved ones and everyone affected by this unfortunate incident. May their souls rest in peace. -AA”
Similarly, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki described the news of the passing of Herbert Wigwe as extremely shocked and devastated.
Obaseki’s words: “We also unfortunately lost Wigwe’s wife and son as well as the former group chairman of Nigeria Stock Exchange, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, in the crash.
“The tragic incident is painful and heart-wrenching, and we pray for God’s abiding comfort in this profoundly difficult time.
“Wigwe was a colossus in Nigeria’s financial sector, leading Access Bank to become an international brand that placed Nigeria on the global map of first-class financial services.
“I commiserate with the Wigwe family, the Ogunbanjo family, Access Bank Holding, the Nigeria Stock Exchange, friends and associates, and pray that God will grant all the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
In the same vein, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant for the forthcoming Edo gubernatorial election, Dr Asue Ighodalo said, ” am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my dear brother Herbert Wigwe, his wife and son as well as my dear brother Abimbola Ogunbanjo and two others in this most unfortunate helicopter crash near Califonia.
“Words fail to express the grief my family and I feel in the face of this most disturbing news.
“As we face the very difficult days to follow this extremely distressing development , I most humbly call for prayers for the Wigwe and Ogunbanjo families as well as all of us who are distraught by this harrowing event.”