Mohammed Sanusi, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, has described how he gave Dr. Herbert Wigwe, the late CEO of Access Holdings Plc, complete management of his savings to ensure his children’s education.

Sanusi made this statement in memory of the late Access Holding CEO.

Three times, the 14th Emir of Kano broke down in tears and explained that he felt the late Access Holding Boss would outlast him, so he gave Wigwe complete control over his savings to handle his children’s education.

He said, “About two years ago, I put all my savings into a Trust for the education of my children, I have many and my priority as a father is to make sure that when I pass away, they will have a good education.

“I told Herbert, ‘I am placing you in charge of this Trust for the education of my children because I know that even if I die and do not leave any money, you will educate my children. I thought I would die before Herbert.”

In an attempt to stop the tears that were pouring from his eyes, Sanusi—who was consoled by the governor of Abia State, Alex Otti, Aig-Imoukhuede, and an aide—told how, the night before he passed away, he stood up for Wigwe after someone posted something on a group chat that offended him.

He said, “On the day before this happened, I was on a chat group when somebody made a few remarks about Herbert that I found offensive and I defended Herbert. I made my point very clear that this was unacceptable.

“A few days after Herbert died; a friend called me and sent me a message. He sent a message to Herbert at about 3:20 am that morning (the day of the crash), telling him how I had stood up and defended him and forwarded my entire message to him. ‘Herbert replied at 3:28 am with one word ‘unbelievable’. He sent another message at 3:50 which was not delivered. From the presentation from the air traffic controllers, the crash happened at 3:30. So possibly, the last thing Herbert read was my message talking about him.”

He also remembered how the deceased banker saved his life when he was overthrown and in need of somewhere to live with his family.

He said, “When I had problems in Kano, I called him (Wigwe) about six months before I was to leave Kano, and I said to him, ‘Herbert I know you will give all your best to solve all these problems, but I am convinced that this is what is going to happen.’ And 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, the night before it happened, I called and said I wanted to come to Lagos. The announcement was made at about 9 am, and by noon, Herbert had a plane at the tarmac in Kano. I put my family on that plane, no message, no phone call, I put them on that plane. Herbert received them, put them in a hotel, and later got them accommodation for months.”

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