Ogun State government on Tuesday evening denied the rumoured demise of Ernest Shonekan, former head of Interim National Government of Nigeria, saying the rumour was far from being the truth.
BusinessDay reports that the news of the death of former Head of Interim National Government who succeeded ex-military President Ibrahim Babangida in 1994 after the Military Government had failed to hand over government to MKO Abiola, acclaimed winner of 1993 presidential election, adjudged to be most credible, freest and fairest election in the country.
Although, attempts by several journalists in Abeokuta, the country home of Ernest Shonekan, whose mansion is a stone throw from Ogun NUJ Secretariat, Iwe Irohin House, along the popular Oke-Ilewo road in Abeokuta to confirm the authenticity of the news were futile as nobody could ascertain it, the call from Ogun State government showed that the man was alive.
A telephone call from the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, on Tuesday evening indicated that the former Head of Interim National Government, as well as the government, said, “It is a lie from hell. Baba is alive.”