Former Nigerian leader and nationalist, Ernest Shonekan is dead

Chief Ernest Shonekan, a nationalist and former Nigerian leader, has died aged 85.

He died in a hospital in Lagos today January 11. He was 85.

Shonekan headed the Interim National Government that succeeded the junta of General Ibrahim Babangida.

He was the interim head of the Nigerian Government between August 26 and November 17 1993 when he was ousted in a coup led by late General Sani Abacha.

Born on 9 May 1936 in Lagos, Shonekan, an Abeokuta-born civil servant, he was one of six children born into the family. He attended the CMS Grammar School and Igbobi college. He received a law degree from the University of London and was called to the bar. He later attended Harvard Business School.

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