Chief Ernest Shonekan who headed the Interim National Government that succeeded the military government of General Ibrahim Babangida, died in the early hours of Tuesday.
Shonekan died in Lagos at the age of 85 at the Evercare Hospital, Lekki after a protracted illness.
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Sources said the former Nigerian Leader had been hospitalised for over two months before his death.
He was the interim head of the Nigerian Government between August 26 and November 17, 1993, when he was ousted in a coup led by the late General Sani Abacha.
However, the family while confirming his death yesterday said late Shonekan died of natural causes.
Adeboye Shonekan in a statement on behalf of the family said they would release further details in due course.
The statement read, “To the glory of the Almighty, the Shonekan family announces the passing of our patriarch, loving husband to Margaret, dutiful father to us all and former Head of State, Chief Ernest Adegunle Oladehinde Shonekan, the Baba Sale of Egbaland. He passed this morning of natural causes at the age of 85. The family will release further details in due course.”
Late Shonekan was survived by his wife, Margaret and four children including Korede Shonekan, Adeboye Shonekan, Kemi Shonekan and Yele Shonekan.