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Tributes pour in for Herbert Wigwe following tragic helicopter crash

Nigerian political figures, business leaders, and international dignitaries mourn the loss of Access Holdings Plc CEO and family members.

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In the wake of the devastating helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Herbert Wigwe, Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, along with his family members and associates, a wave of condolences and expressions of grief swept through Nigerian society and beyond.

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar took to social media to express his sorrow, describing the incident as “unfortunate.” He paid tribute to Wigwe’s multifaceted contributions as a consummate banker, education promoter, and philanthropist, extending heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved families and all affected by the tragedy.

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki echoed sentiments of shock and devastation, personally signing a statement to convey his condolences. Recognizing Wigwe’s pivotal role in Nigeria’s financial landscape, Obaseki mourned the loss of a visionary leader whose legacy reverberated globally.

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, shared her profound sadness, offering sincere condolences to the Wigwe and Ogunbanjo families. She underscored the significance of their contributions and prayed for solace amidst the profound loss.

Former lawmaker Senator Shehu Sani and House of Representatives member Akin Alabi described the incident as a national tragedy, expressing deep sorrow over the loss of lives. The Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Joseph Johnson, characterized the news as shocking, highlighting the profound impact of Wigwe’s passing on various sectors.

As tributes poured in, Dr. Kingsley Nwokoma, President of the Association of Foreign Airlines and Representatives in Nigeria, emphasized the magnitude of the loss, noting that Wigwe’s vision extended far beyond individual success.

Wigwe’s legacy also extended to philanthropy and education, with plans to invest $500 million in Wigwe University, a strategic initiative aimed at fostering skills crucial for Nigeria’s finance and technology sectors.

The outpouring of grief underscores the profound impact of Herbert Wigwe’s life and work, leaving an indelible mark on Nigeria’s business landscape and beyond. As investigations into the tragic incident continue, the nation mourns the loss of a visionary leader and his loved ones.

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