Peter Obi, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections, has expressed deep sorrow over the tragic death of Roosevelt Herbert Wigwe, the Co-founder of Access Bank and founder of Wigwe University.
Wigwe, his wife, son, and lawyer, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, died in a helicopter crash on Friday while en route to Las Vegas.
Obi, who described Wigwe as a dear friend, recalled how he once helped the Access Bank boss prepare for his traditional wedding.
He also praised Wigwe’s philanthropic efforts in health and education, exemplified by the establishment of Wigwe University.
“This loss is profoundly felt across the nation. I first met Herbert during his early days, on the brink of starting his marital journey. I vividly remember assisting him in preparing for his traditional wedding and being there for the ceremony with his wife, Chizoba, from Achina, Anambra State,” he recalled in a post on X.
“Since then, I’ve maintained a connection to his endeavors in my own modest ways. Herbert, a determined and forward-thinking individual, led Access Bank to new heights following his brother Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede.
“His noteworthy contributions extended beyond the professional realm, with commendable philanthropic efforts in health and education, 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, and his son,” he added.