Former Nigerian leader, Chief Ernest Adegunle Oladeinde Shonekan is dead.
Shonekan died at the age of 85 at Evercare hospital, in the Lekki area of Lagos state.
He was one of the politicians who ruled the country for the shortest period of time.
Here are few things to know about the late leader
1. He was born on May 9, 1936 in
Lagos, Colonial Nigeria and had six siblings.
2. His father was an Abeokuta-born civil servant.
3. He attended C.M.S grammar school. He also studied at Igbobi College.
4. Shonekan started his career as a lawyer after attending a law degree from University of London, United Kingdom and was called to bar.
5. The 85-year-old was also a seasoned businessman and this was one of the reasons he became Gen. Ibrahim Babangida’s favorite.
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6. Shonekan headed the Interim National Government that succeeded the junta of Babangida. He resumed office as head of government on January 2, 1993. This was a period a transitional council (which he headed) had been designed handover power to a democratically elected leader.
7. Fast-forward to August 26, 1993 he became the first politician to be appointed President of Nigeria by a military ruler.
8. His tenure was marred by various sanctions slammed on Nigeria by the international community. These sanctions stems from the controversy surrounding the cancelation of the June 12 general elections.
9. He recorded very little successes during the his administration but he was able to repeal 3 draconian decrees.
10. Unfortunately, he was ousted in a coup led by late General Sani Abacha.