BREAKING: Former Nigerian Head of State, Ernest Shonekan, dies at 85

Chief Ernest Shonekan, former Head of Interim National Government that succeeded the military government of General Ibrahim Babangida, is dead.

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Shonekan died at Evercare Hospital, in the Lekki area of Lagos State, at the age of 85.

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He was the interim Head of the Nigerian Government between August 26 and November 17, 1993, before he was ousted in a ‘palace’ coup led by late General Sani Abacha, who later ruled for five years until he died on June 8, 1998.

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Chief Shonekan would be remembered for heading the last segment of Nigeria’s Third Republic until the ING-led transition process was cut suspended and military government fully restored following his ouster.

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