Banking Industry, CEOs Mourns Wigwe, Ogunbanjo

By Clement Alphonsus

Bank Directors Association of Nigeria (BDAN) sadden over the tragic death of Dr Herbert Wigwe and members of his family as well as Abimbola Ogunbanjo, a former Group Chairman of Nigeria Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group).

According to a statement signed by the Chairman, Board of Directors, BDAN, Mustafa Chike-Obi and the Chief Executive, Adebukola Orenuga, the banking industry is saddened by the untimely demise of the influential figures.

It described Wigwe as an icon and respected leader in the banking industry, leaving behind a legacy marked by integrity, professionalism, dedication and an unwavering commitment to excellence. His absence will be keenly felt, and BDAN acknowledges his significant contributions to the sector, the statement said.

Also, the association extended its heartfelt condolences to the family of Ogunbanjo, recognising the profound loss he represents for the banking and financial services sector.

The Body of Banks’ CEOs, which Wigwe chaired from May 2016 till May 2022, also described the passing of the titan as a great loss to the banking industry and the entire financial services sector.

The body said, “He was a visionary, charismatic and transformational leader who contributed significantly to the development of the banking industry in Nigeria and the economy at large. Herbert was a staunch advocate of positive change. His impact traversed generational, gender and geographical boundaries."