Shonekan, former leader of Nigeria’s interim govt, dies at 85

Ernest Shonekan (File photo)

Former Head of Nigeria’s Interim National Government (INC), Chief Ernest Shonekan, is dead.

Aged 85, the octogenarian as learnt died in Lagos, on Tuesday.

On August 26, 1993, Shonekan was appointed the interim president of Nigeria by General Ibrahim Babangida, who vacated office after ruling Nigeria for eight years.

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But Shonekan only stayed in office for a transitional period of three months after which his administration was toppled by General Sani Abacha, the then Minister of Defence under him, who forcefully brought Nigeria back to military control on November 17, 1993.

Born in Lagos on May 9, 1936, Shonekan attended C.M.S Grammar School, after which he studied Law atthe  University of London, in the United Kingdom.

He later worked as the Chief Executive of United African Company PLC (UAC).