Ernest Shonekan is alive: Family, Ogun State Government debunk death rumour

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The family of the former interim president of Nigeria, Chief Ernest Shonekan have debunked rumours of his death. The Ogun State government has also cleared the air on the issue.

Report broke out on social media Tuesday evening that the former Head of Interim National Government of Nigeria, who succeeded ex-Military President Ibrahim Babangida in 1994 had passed on after a brief illness at 82..

However, Chief Shonekan’s daughter; Mrs. Basirat Umar-Shonekan, has debunked the rumoured  death of her father.

In a telephone chat from Canada, Basirat declared that though on sick bed however the former interim national government head is still alive.

The Canadian Naval Accountant further explained that the reported death of her father on Facebook was a fake news which compelled her to make phone calls across to Nigeria to authenticate the incident.

She explained that the entire Shonekan family was highly embarrassed by the fake news.

In the same vein, the Ogun State government said the elder statesman was hale and hearty. The Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, dispelled the rumour through a telephone call to journalists.

He said,  “It is a lie from hell. Baba is alive.”

BusinessDay reports that the Ogun government called the NUJ Secretariat located at Iwe Irohin House, which is a stone thrown from Shonekan’s house to confirm that he was alive and not dead as widely reported.

Shonekan is a British-trained Nigerian lawyer, industrialist, and traditional chief. He was appointed as interim president of Nigeria by General Ibrahim Babangida on 26th August, 1993.


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