Sanusi Tearfully Pays Tribute to Late Herbert Wigwe

Former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, expressed deep emotions as he honored the late Herbert Wigwe during a tribute night in Lagos.
Addressing the crowd present for the night of tribute to the late Wigwe on Wednesday in Lagos, Sanusi tearfully described Wigwe as a loyal friend and brother, recalling his unwavering support during challenging times.
“I was thinking I would die and leave Herbert. We have all heard about him, about his loyalty,” he said.
Sanusi credited Wigwe for standing by him during his tenure as Emir of Kano and after being removed as Emir of Kano by former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
According to the former Emir, Herbert assured him of his unflinching support and loyalty and provided a plane for him at the tarmac in Kano to convey him to Lagos.
He said, “When I had problems in Kano, I called him about six months before I was told to leave Kano. I said to him, ‘Herbert I know you are doing all your best to solve all these problems, but I am convinced that this is what is going to happen.
“He said to me, ‘Your Highness, don’t worry. Whatever happens, don’t worry. We are here for you.’ On the day I heard on the radio that I was dethroned, I called him and said I wanted to come to Lagos.
“The announcement was made about 9 am, by noon Herbert had a plane at the tarmac in Kano. The plan then was to take me into exile for many years. I put my family on that plane and sent them to Lagos, with no phone calls. Herbert received them and put them in a hotel.
“Later, he got them accommodation. For months, when I came, they stayed there. Your Highness, if you want to travel, just call Shola.”
The former CBN said the late Access Bank CEO and his partner Aig-Imoukhuede, were crucial to his success during his five-year stint at the apex bank.
He also narrated how they helped resolve a serious challenge in the banking sector at the time.
“The objective then was to link the banking sector assets to the real economy and Aig and Herbert in Access Bank were chosen as the chairpersons on the subcommittee on economic development. Most of what I achieved in the Central Bank would not have been possible without them.
“About two years ago, I put all my savings in a trust for the education of my children because I have many. My priority as a father is to make sure that when I pass away, they will have a good education.
“Paul was a solicitor put in that trust, Herbert was the lead protector. Paul will remember when we had the first formal meeting, I said, ‘Herbert I am placing you in charge of this trust for the education of my children because I know that even if I died and did not leave any money, you will educate our children,” he said.
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