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All Nigeria Latest News reports that Chief Ernest Shonekan, the former head of the Interim National Government that succeeded the military junta of General Ibrahim Babangida, is dead.

Shonekan, a former boardroom guru who assumed leadership of the Interim National Government, passed away in Lagos at the age of 85, as reported by TVC.

He served as the Chairman of the Interim National Government from August 26 to November 17, 1993, until he was ousted in a palace coup orchestrated by the late General Sani Abacha, who held the position of Secretary of Defence at the time.

In a statement on Tuesday signed by Adeboye Shonekan, the family confirmed the demise of their patriarch, adding that further details would be released.

The statement was titled, ‘Chief (Dr) Ernest Adegunle Oladeinde Shonekan, GCFR, CBE’.

It read, “To the glory of the Almighty, the  Shonekan family announces the passing of our patriarch, loving husband to Margaret, dutiful father to us all and former Head of State, Chief Ernest, Adegunle, Oladeinde Shonekan, GCFR, CBE, the Baba Sale of Egbaland.

“He passed this morning of natural causes at the age of 85.

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