Mr Peter Obi, the Presidential Candidate, Labour Party in the 2023 general elections, he will be absent in Abidjan, Cote Ivoire as Super Eagles of Nigeria takes on the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire in the AFCON final.
Obi, the former governor of Anambra, made this known in his official X handle in Lagos on Sunday.
Obi said he would not watch the epic match today following a helicopter mishaps in California, USA that claimed the lives of some notable Nigerians.
Recall that the Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings, Mr. Herbert Wigwe, his wife, son and others perished in the air crash in California, USA.
Obi said he had already purchased a return ticket and was to depart Nigeria by 1.00 p.m. today to the west African country before tragedy struck in the United States that devastated him.
“I will not watch the epic match today following a helicopter crash in California, USA that killed two Nigerian seasoned bankers, a sector I professionally belongs.
“The Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings, Mr Herbert Wigwe, his wife and son, and Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the former Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group).
“As a result, I am in shock, and mourning and can no longer travel to Abidjan as already scheduled but my heart remains with the boys as I wishes them victory to bring home the trophy.
“This loss is profoundly felt across the nation,” he said.
Obi noted that he first met Herbert during his early days, on the brink of starting his marital journey, adding that he vividly remembered assisting him in preparing for his traditional wedding and being there for the ceremony with his wife, Chizoba, from Achina, Anambra State.
According to him, since then, I have maintained a connection to his endeavors in my own modest ways.
He said, Herbert, a determined and forward-thinking individual, led Access Bank to new heights following his brother Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede.
Obi said his contributions extended beyond the professional realm, with commendable philanthropic efforts in health and education.
He added that this was exemplified by the establishment of Wigwe University, showcasing his deep commitment to education as a driver of development.
“The loss of such an exceptional individual reminds us of life’s fleeting nature, encouraging us to live with a purpose that contributes to the betterment of humanity.
“My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Herbert, his beloved wife, his son, and all those who lost their lives in the tragic helicopter crash,” he said.
Obi prayed that God should grant them eternal rest and provide strength to Herbert’s family, Access Holdings, and all of them mourning this irreparable loss.