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Former ING Head, Earnest Shonekan, dies at 85



Chief Ernest Shonekan, Former Head of Interim National Government, is dead. He was aged 85.

   He died in Lagos in the early hours of Tuesday, January 11. He was a former chairman of UAC and its first Nigerian Managing Director.

  Chief Shonekan was a boardroom guru before he was selected to head the Interim National Government of Nigeria between August 26 and November 17, 1993, after the exit of the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida and after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

  Shonekan was chairman of the INC, which succeeded the military junta of General Ibrahim Babangida.

  He ruled from August 26 to November 17, 1993 until he was overthrown in a palace coup led by late General Sani Abacha who was Secretary of Defence.

  Chief Ernest Shonekan GCFR was born on May 9, 1936.  He had his secondary education at CMS Grammar School and Igbobi College. He received a law degree from the University of London and was called to the bar. He later attended   Harvard Business School.  He was a lawyer and statesman who served as the interim Head of States from 26 August 1993 to 17 November 1993.

 Prior to his political career, Shonekan was the chairman and chief executive of the United African Company of Nigeria (successor of Royal Niger Company), a vast Nigerian conglomerate, which at the time was the largest African-controlled company in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  In 1994, he founded the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, an advocacy group and think-tank for private sector-led development of the Nigerian economy. He was the third oldest surviving Head of State by age after Queen Elizabeth II and Gen Yakubu Gowon (Rtd).

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