Following reports circulating on social media that former Interim president, Ernest Shonekan has died at 82, a daughter of the elder statesman has debunked the rumour.
What did she say?
Describing the social media report as fake, Basirat Umar-Shonekan,a Canadian Naval Accountant disclosed that though Shonekan is on a sick bed, he is very much alive.
She noted that this compelled her to make phonecalls to Nigeria with the aim of debunking the rumour.
She equally said the entire Shonekan family were thoroughly embarrased over the damaging reportage.
What we know
Information gathered by ALEDEH earlier corroborates Basirat’s statement as
Veteran Radio presenter Jimi Disu had also stated that the rumour is far from being true saying “Former Head of State Chief Sonekan is NOT dead, just spoke to his daughter.We should be careful how we spread news”
Also Ogun state government has denied the rumoured demise of Shonekan noting that the reports were all lies as he is hale and hearty.
Who is Ernest Shonekan?
Ernest Adegunle Oladeinde Shonekan was born on the 9th of May 1936 in Lagos.
He is a British-trained Nigerian lawyer, industrialist, politician and traditional chieftain.
He was appointed as interim president of Nigeria by General Ibrahim Babangida on 26th Aug. 1993. He was the first and only President of Nigeria to be appointed by a sitting military ruler.
Prior to his political career, Shonekan was the chief executive of the United African Company of Nigeria PLC, a large Nigerian conglomerate.