Ernest Shonekan dies at 85

The former chairman of UAC, and head of the infamous Interim National Government in 1993, Chief Ernest Shonekan, has died.

He died in Lagos at the age of 85.

Shonekan, who was born in Abeokuta, headed the interim Nigerian Government between 26 August and 17 November 1993.

The military junta had arranged the contraption after General Ibrahim Babangida was forced to ‘step aside’, in the aftermath of the criminal annulment of June 12 election result.

The Shonekan government did not last as it was toppled by the ambitious chief of army staff, General Sani Abacha on 17 November, 1993.

The interim government thus went into history as the shortest government in Nigeria, since independence in 1960.

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