Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Former head of interim government Ernest Shonekan is dead

Asuquo Cletus Felix

 A former head of the interim national government, Ernest Shonekan  is dead.

Shonekan died in Lagos on Tuesday. He was 85.

Born on May 9, 1936, Shonekan was a British-trained lawyer and industrialist.

Until his Denise, the  late leader, was head of the interim government after Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, former head of state, stepped down from office.

Babangida refused to hand over power to MKO Abiola, presumed winner of the annulled 1993 presidential election, but the military ruler "stepped aside".

Shonekan who took charge of the government was in office for only three months. The late Sani Abacha, former military ruler, ousted him through a coup.

The statesman hailed from Abeokuta, Ogun state.

He attended C.M.S grammar school and Igbobi College, Lagos, and obtained a law degree from the University of London.