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Buhari pays condolence visit to Shonekan’s family

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday paid a condolence visit to Ernest Shonekan’s family in Lagos State.

Mr Buhari had earlier gone to Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, where he inaugurated some projects before heading to the Ikoyi residence of the former head of interim national government.

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Arriving at the residence in the evening, the president was accompanied by Governor Babagide Sanwo-Olu and a host of others.

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.

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