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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.

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

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.

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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