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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Chief Ernest Shonekan, Ex - ING Head Dies At 85

••• Death of Shonekan, a colossal loss - Gov Abiodun


                      •Chief Shonekan

The Daily Crucible | Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Former board room guru and ex - Head of Interim National  Government(ING),  Chief Ernest Shonekan, has died.

The Egba (Ogun State) high chief died on Tuesday morming at Evercare hospital, in the Lekki area of Lagos state, at the age of 85.

Shonekan - led ING succeeded the junta of General Ibrahim Babangida military government.

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

Gov. Abiodun mourns Chief Ernest Shonekan, says death, a colossal loss


Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has mourned the death of an elder statesman and the former head of  the defunct Interim National Government (ING), Chief Ernest Shonekan.

Shonekan, who headed the ING of between August 26 and November 17 1993, breathed his last in Lagos, early Tuesday at the age of 85.

Prince Abiodun, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, described the death of the Egba born British-trained lawyer, industrialist and traditional chief, as a colossal loss to Nigeria in general and Ogun State in particular.

He expressed grief that Chief Shonekan, former chairman chairman of the UAC Nigeria Plc., passed on at a period Nigeria needed his experience most as a technocrat.

"Chief Shonekan was a first- class administrator, boardroom guru and astute leader whose imprint in the business and political firmaments can not be erased. His commitment to peaceful resolution and patriotic fervour will live after him. 

Chief Shonekan, an Egba traditional chief (Babasale of Egbaland), was a true Nigerian who spent most of his life for the betterment of the country", the statement said.

While noting that his death has created a huge vacuum in Nigeria, and Egbaland, Gov. Abiodun prayed for the repose of the deceased's soul and that God will comfort his immediate family and the Egba Traditional Council.

He will be sorely missed, the statement concluded.

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