Just in: Ernest Shonekan, ex-Interim National President, is dead

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Agency report

Chief Ernest Shonekan, the former head of Nigeria’s Interim National Government that succeeded the military junta of General Ibrahim Babangida, is dead.

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Shonekan, a boardroom guru before his selection to head the Interim National Government, died in Lagos at the age of 85, according to TVC.

He was Chairman of the interim National Government between August 26 and November 17, 1993 when he was ousted in a palace coup led by late General Sani Abacha who was Secretary of Defence.

He had his secondary education at CMS Grammar School and Igbobi College, Lagos, and later received a law degree from the University of London and was called to the bar. He later attended Harvard Business School.

In 1994, he founded the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, an advocacy group and think-tank for private sector-led development of the Nigerian economy.

Prior to his political career, Shonekan was the chairman and Chief Executive of the United African Company of Nigeria (successor of The Niger Company), a vast Nigerian conglomerate, which at the time was the largest African-controlled company in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Shonekan, GCFR, was born on May 9, 1936. He took the traditional title of Abese of Egbaland in 1981, in addition to a gamut of other chieftancy titles./SHARE THIS

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