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Tears as Herbert Wigwe, wife, son are buried in Rivers state.

The late Dr Herbert Wigwe, the co-founder and CEO of Access Bank Group, his wife, Chizoba, and 29-year-old son, Chizzy, were laid to rest in a private cemetery.

The burial ground is located within the sprawling private home he built inside the premises of the Wigwe University in his country home of Isiokpo in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Recall that the deceased were on board the ill-fated helicopter that crashed between the boundaries of Nevada and California in the United States after an 11-hour flight from London on February 9, 2024.

In his tribute to the departed business mogul, the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, described late Dr. Wigwe as a great mentor who positively impacted the younger generations to greatness.

Akpabio stated that Wigwe had left indelible legacies that would be difficult to equal in the education and finance sectors, and urged everyone to emulate the late billionaire’s great qualities.

The Senate President stated that Wigwe’s commitment for human capital development inspired him to help many people around the world obtain university education.

“I believe he was a great mentor. He mentored a lot of younger people and he was a serious role model to the future generation that you can build from nothing and get to greatness. To become great, you must work hard, because with hard work, you can achieve greatness.

“The University he has left behind was because of his passion for education. He has supported and sent so many to educational citadels across the world and leaving this edifice behind.

“You know the university is not only for Nigerians, it is for the entire global community. So just like he was a global banker, opening bank branches all over the place.

“This man has made so much impact around the world. He gave food to so many people in Nigeria and many countries in the world, even in Dubai. He was also in China.

“He did a lot. He put food on the table of so many in the world. So I regarded him as a global citizen, an Icon of the world.”

Also speaking shortly after the event, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives and immediate past Governor of Sokoto State, Waziri Aminu Tambuwal, said Wigwe gave his best to the financial sector in Nigeria.

“He was an illustrious son. Someone who gave his best to the Nigerian financial sector. Unfortunately, he met an untimely death.

“It was his time. God Almighty had called upon him and he had to answer. Our consolation is that he did very well and he has left a very lasting legacy, May his soul rest in peace.”

Meanwhile, the former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus said the vacuum created by the death of Wigwe would be hard to fill up.

Secondus stated that the University Wigwe left behind in his home town would not only benefit his kinsmen, but the entire country.
“He was our brother and he was a leader and of course you know he was a financial guru. He was like a man who saw tomorrow.

“He dreamt and he followed his dream to the letter coming back home to establish the university that would have been the best and is still going to be the best in the world.

“It is one legacy that he has left that everybody in Isiokpo, in Rivers State, Nigeria and Africa as a whole would continue to remember him.”

Other dignitaries who attended the burial included Governors Sim Fubara (Rivers), Douye Diri (Bayelsa), and Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Umo Eno, Governor of Akwa Ubom State; Hope Uzodinma, Governor of Imo State; and Ateke Tom, King of Okochiri Kingdom, were all present.

The event is also attended by Aliko Dangote, President of the Dangote Group; Chibuike Amaechi, former Minister of Transportation; Peter Obi, 2023 Labour Party presidential contender; and Bukola Saraki, former Senate President.

Senator Seriake Dickson, the immediate past governor of Bayelsa, and Kayode Fayemi, the former governor of Ekiti, are also present.

There was also the state’s Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, who serves as the burial ceremony’s chief security officer, or CSO, and Dr Godknows Igali, a former Nigerian ambassador.

Attendees include clergy, traditional rulers from Omoeke, Wigwe’s hometown, and monarchs from Isiokpo in general.