Buhari pays condolence visit to Shonekan’s family

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday paid a condolence visit to the family of Ernest Shonekan, the late head of the defunct Interim National Government (ING) of Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the president was earlier in Abeokuta in Ogun, for the inauguration of some projects by Governor Dapo Abiodun.

The president arrived the Ikoyi residence of Mr Shonekan at 4:40 p.m., accompanied by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, and his Ogun counterpart, Dapo Abiodun.

Others were Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe and Chairman, APC Caretaker and Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) among others.

A NAN correspondent monitoring condolence visits at the residence, observed the heavy presence of security operatives, police, military and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in and around the premises.

At least 20 patrol vans of police and military police, as well as Armoured Personnel Carriers, were stationed around the residence at Ikoyi in Lagos.

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

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

“Nigerian leaders should emulate Shonekan, a life dedicated to public service. He served the country properly and he kept the unity of the nation at the time of heavy distress.”

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

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

The ING was constituted in August 1993 by Babangida in the aftermath of the annulment of the June 12, 1993, presidential election.

Mr Shonekan was, however, overthrown in a palace coup led by the late Sani Abacha, who was the Defence Secretary in the Shonekan-led ING.

Prior to his brief political career, Mr Shonekan was the chairman and chief executive of the United African Company (UAC) of Nigeria.


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