Details of How Ernest Shonekan Died, Cause of Death Revealed

Details of How Ernest Shonekan Died, Cause of Death Revealed

  • The death of former Nigerian leader, Chief Ernest Shonekan was announced on Tuesday, January 11
  • Confirmed reports have it that Shonekan died in a hospital located in Lekki, Lagos state after a protracted illness
  • The family of the late Nigerian leader released a statement addressing the circumstance surrounding Shonekan's death

Late Chief Ernest Shonekan's family on Tuesday, January 11, released a statement of how the former Nigerian leader died.

Premium Times reports that Adeboye Shonekan in a statement on behalf of the family revealed that the 85-year-old died of “natural causes.”

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The family of Ernest Shonekan says the former Nigerian leader, died of natural causes. Photo credit: Yoruba Blog, Mayokun Ehindero
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Shonekan, who headed the Interim National Government that succeeded the military government of General Ibrahim Babangida died at the Evercare Hospital, Lekki after a protracted illness.

It was gathered that sources said the former Nigerian Leader had been hospitalised for over two months before his death, Daily Trust added.

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The statement reads:

“To the glory of the Almighty, the Shonekan family announces the passing of our patriarch, loving husband to Margaret, dutiful father to us all and former Head of State, Chief Ernest Adegunle Oladehinde Shonekan, the Baba Sale of Egbaland. He passed this morning of natural causes at the age of 85. The family will release further details in due course.”

He was survived by his wife, Margaret and four children Korede Shonekan, Adeboye Shonekan, Kemi Shonekan, and Yele Shonekan.

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The residence located opposite Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) regional headquarters complex in Okelewo, Abeokuta, Ogun state, retains its pervasive serene and forlorn ambiance.

The current governor of Ogun state, Dapo Abiodun, on Tuesday described the death of Shonekan, as a colossal loss to Nigeria in general and Ogun state in particular.


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