LCCI, NSE, Skye, UBA, Wema, others mourn Aboderin

Feyisayo Popoola

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Skye Bank Plc, Wema Bank Plc, and United Bank for Africa, have offered their condolences to the management and members of staff of Punch Nigeria Limited on the death of its Chairman, Mr. Gbadebowale Aboderin.

The Director-General, LCCI, Mr Muda Yusuf, said in a condolence letter that the news of Aboderin’s death was received with a heavy heart.

He said he gave glory to God on Aboderin’s behalf for a life well lived.

The Chief Executive Officer, NSE, Mr Oscar Onyema, said he wished Aboderin eternal rest and prayed that God would grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Onyema described Aboderin as “a great industrialist and leader, who made an impact and touched lives.”

He said, “His death is a big blow, not just to Punch, but to the entire media industry of Nigeria and Africa. We urge  the organisation to sustain his long-held principles of ethical journalism guided by transparency and strong governance.”

Skye Bank also said in a statement that the news about Aboderin’s death was learnt with shock.

The        bank stated that Aboderin would be missed by all and sundry.

The statement, which was signed by the bank’s Relationship Manager, Foluso Lawal, and Business Development Manager, Taofiq Aminu, on behalf of the management of the bank, said a heartfelt sympathy was extended to the Aboderin family.

According to Wema Bank Plc, Aboderin’s death was a painful loss that had created a huge vacuum.

“We are, however, consoled by the fact that he lived a purposeful life and left behind several enduring legacies. We would like to extend our sincere commiserations to the entire management and members of staff of Punch Nigeria Limited. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time,” the bank said.

The Group Managing Director, United Bank for Africa, Mr Kennedy Uzoka, equally stated that the management of the bank shared in the grief of the Aboderin family, adding that they were saddened by the loss because Punch had always been a reliable partner to the bank.

Uzoka said, “It is a trying time not only for the Punch family, but also for us at the UBA. Wale Aboderin was a true friend of our bank and we felt the immense pain of losing him. We pray that God will grant the entire team the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”

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