Former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan is dead? The elder statesman, 82, was reported to have died today and the report was confirmed by PDP Chieftain Femi Fani-Kayode.
Reacting to the news, the former minister of aviation described him as a great man and a worthy son.
“Nigeria and the South West have lost a great man and a worthy son. May the soul of Chief Ernest Shonekan, our former Head of State, rest in perfect peace.”
The report on the demise of Chief Ernest Shonekan has however been dismissed by the Ogun State Government who stated that the Former Head of the Interim National Government is hale and hearty.
According to a report by one Aliyu Tanko, who works with the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Shonekan is still alive.
Chief Ernest Shonekan is alive ! The Ogun state govt has confirmed to BBC that the former head interim govt is “hale and hearty”.
— Aliyu Tanko (@aliyutanko) October 23, 2018
Chief Ernest Adegunle Oladeinde Shonekan (born 9 May 1936 in Lagos, Colonial Nigeria) is a British-trained Nigerian lawyer, industrialist, politician and traditional chieftain.
He was appointed as interim president of Nigeria by General Ibrahim Babangida on 26 August 1993.
Shonekan was born and raised in Lagos, the former Nigerian capital. The son of an Abeokuta-born civil servant, he was one of six children born into the family. Shonekan was educated at C.M.S grammar school and Igbobi College, Lagos.
He also attended and received a law degree from the University of London, and was later called to the bar.