Chief Ernest Shonekan who headed the Interim National Government that succeeded the junta of General Ibrahim Babangida, has died. Shonekan died in Lagos at the age of 85.
During his brief stint as Interim President, Shonekan tried to win public support by freeing political prisoners, lifting press restrictions, and dismantling the oil industry bureaucracy, while promising to hold a new presidential election on Feb. 19, the following year.
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