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Buhari visits Late Shonekan’s family in Lagos



Buhari visits Late Shonekan’s family in Lagos

President Muhammadu Buhari paid a condolence visit to the family of Ernest Shonekan, the late head of Nigeria‘s late Interim National Government, on Thursday.

The president was earlier in Abeokuta in Ogun, for the inauguration of some projects by Governor Dapo Abiodun.

The president arrived at the Ikoyi residence in Shonekan at 4:40 pm with high-profile dignitaries and security.

President Buhari was in the company of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and his counterpart from Ogun, Dapo Abiodun.

Others were, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe and the Chairman of the Planning Committee of Extraordinary and Vigilant Conventions of APC, CECPC, among others.

A NAN correspondent monitoring condolence visits at the residence noted a heavy presence of Nigerian security, police, military and Civil Defense Corps officers in and around the facility.

No fewer than 20 police and military police patrol vans, as well as armored personnel carriers, were parked around the residence at Ikoyi in Lagos.

Meanwhile, Lagos’ Bobagunwa chief Akin Disu, who also paid a condolence visit to the deceased family, told NAN that the late head of state served the country very well.

Disu, a friend from Shonekan’s childhood and school, said: “Nigeria begged him to come and serve the country and he did very well.

Nigerian leaders should emulate Shonekan, a life dedicated to public service. He served the country adequately and maintained the unity of the nation in times of great distress. “

Shonekan died in Lagos on Tuesday at the age of 85.

He succeeded General Ibrahim Babangida to become the Head of the Interim National Government from August 26, 1993 to November 17, 1993.

The ING was established in August 1993 by Babangida after the annulment of the presidential elections of June 12, 1993.

However, Shonekan was overthrown in a palace coup led by the late General Sani Abacha, who was the Secretary of Defense at the Shonekan-led ING.

Prior to his brief political career, Mr. Shonekan was President and CEO of the United African Company, UAC, of ​​Nigeria.


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