Facts About Chief Ernest Shonekan, Late Former Nigerian President

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On Tuesday, January 11, at the age of 85, the former head of the Interim National Government (INC) died in Lagos.

Chief Ernest Shonekan was Nigeria's ninth president. He was only in power for 83 days.

Chief Ernest Shonekan
Chief Ernest Shonekan

He was born on May 9, 1936, and attended CMS Grammar School and Igbobi College for his secondary school.

He received his law degree from the University of London and was admitted to the bar. Before entering politics, the boardroom guru attended Harvard Business School.

General Ibrahim Babangida appointed Shonekan as both the president of the transitional council and the head of government on January 2, 1993. Between August 26, 1993, through November 17, 1993, Shonekan served as chairman of the Interim National Government (ING), which succeeded Babangida's military regime.

Following the annulment of the June 12 elections, Babangida resigned from power in August 1993. He established the Interim National Government by signing a decree.

He was then sworn in as head of state. Shonekan was toppled in a palace coup three months into his presidency by late General Sani Abacha, who was Secretary of Defence at the time.

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