Governor Sanwo-Olu mourns Herbet Wigwe, Ogunbanjo

The Lagos State Governor has mourned the Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings PLC, Herbert Wigwe, who died in a helicopter crash in Florida, United States of America.

The message of the Lagos State Governor was contained in a message he personally signed on Sunday.

In it, he also mourned the former Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, Abimbola Ogunbajo, who was also in the helicopter.

Sanwo-Olu wrote on the immediate past Managing Director/CEO of Access Bank PLC and Ogunbanjo: 

Herbert, my brother, my friend and my adviser. 

Herbert, the king of visionary and disruptive ideas.

I’m deeply saddened by the tragic loss of my dear brother and friend, Dr. Herbert Wigwe, his dear wife Doreen, and their beloved son Chizi in a helicopter crash. 

Herbert was not just a brother and visionary leader but one of the brightest minds in Africa. His impact on our nation and beyond will be remembered forever. My heart mourns.

Herbert’s contributions to Banking and the financial sector in Africa were unparalleled. He was an unapologetic believer in the Nigerian solution. His dedication and passion for progress inspired us all. Today, we mourn not just a leader but a true friend and brother. Lagos and Nigeria have lost a remarkable soul. Rest in peace, my brother.

We also lost another great business leader and legal luminary, my egbon Abimbola Ogunbanjo, former Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, who contributed significantly to the development of the Capital Markets and Corporate law in Nigeria. May his soul rest in peace. 

In this difficult time, our thoughts are with the families of all the victims, and we pray for strength and grace.

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