Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has expressed grief over the death of the Chief Executive Officer, Access Holdings Plc, Herbert Wigwe, who died along with his wife and son in a helicopter crash.
In a condolence statement on Sunday via X, Sanwo-Olu described Wigwe as “one of the brightest minds in Africa” and a “visionary leader” who made unparalleled contributions to banking and the financial sector.
“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,” the governor said.
According to Sanwo-Olu, Wigwe was an “unapologetic believer in the Nigerian solution” whose dedication and passion for progress inspired many.
“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,” he added.
The governor also mourned the passing of former Nigerian Exchange Group Chairman, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, describing him as a “great business leader and legal luminary who contributed significantly to the development of the Capital Markets and Corporate law.”
“In this difficult time, our thoughts are with the families of all the victims, and we pray for strength and grace,” Sanwo-Olu said.
Wigwe, his wife, Doreen, and son, Chizi, were among those who died when their helicopter crashed near Nevada border in California, United States, on Friday.
US Authorities revealed that preliminary reports suggested that the crash was caused by rain and wintry weather.