Update: Ernest Shonekan Dies At 85- See Cause Of Death
Naijanewsngr reports that ex Nigerian politician, Ernest Shonekan, has died aged 85.
Chief Ernest Shonekan who headed the interim national government that succeeded the junta of General Ibrahim Babangida, has died.
Shonekan died at Evercare hospital, in the Lekki area of Lagos state, at the age of 85.
He died of “natural causes” on Tuesday morning, his family has said.
This statement was given by Adeboye Shonekan on behalf of the family.
The family stated that more information would be released in due time.
President Muhammadu Buhari described the late leader as an internationally-respected statesman with courageous wisdom.
Mr Buhari said Mr Shonekan left his ”flourishing business career to become the Head of Government, at a delicate time when the country needed someone of his calm mien and pedigree to save the ship of state from sinking.”
In his condolence message, former President Goodluck Jonathan said Mr Shonekan was a peacemaker and bridge builder who left enduring legacies.
“As a leader, Chief Shonekan was well respected because of the enormous goodwill he brought into governance.
“He was a compassionate and determined administrator, a peacemaker and bridge builder who stepped in to lead the nation at a very difficult time in the history of its political evolution.
He was the interim head of the Nigerian government between August 26 and November 17, 1993, before he was ousted in a coup led by late General Sani Abacha.
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