Ernest Shonekan Not Dead - Ogun Govt.
Ernest Shonekan. Photo credit: Daily Trust.

Secretary to the Ogun state government Taiwo Adeoluwa, has described as a “lie from the pit of hell”, the reports that former head of interim national government, Ernest Shonekan, is dead.

Adeoluwa debunked the rumour on Tuesday evening, saying  Ibikunle Amosun, the governor of the state, has spoken with Shonekan who reportedly told the governor that he is hale and hearty.

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Concise News reports that tributes have been pouring in for Shonekan on social media based on the reports.

Born on May 9, 1936, Shonekan is a British-trained lawyer and an industrialist, who was appointed an interim head of the country after ex-Military President Ibrahim Babangida stepped down on August 26, 1993.

Babangida had refused to hand over power to MKO Abiola, acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 election, but relinquished power after intense pressure.

However, Shonekan’s administration only lasted three months as Sani Abacha forcefully took power through a coup.

The elder statesman who hails from Abeokuta, Ogun state, attended C.M.S grammar school and Igbobi College, Lagos and was obtained a law degree from the University of London.