Nigeria’s ex-President Shonekan dies aged 85

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Ernest Shonekan passed away in Lagos

Tributes are being paid to Nigeria’s former President Ernest Shonekan, who has died at the age of 85.

He was the country’s ninth head of state from 26 August until 17 November 1993, when he was ousted in a coup by the late General Sani Abacha.

On Twitter, former Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki said he had played “a remarkable role in the development of Nigeria”.

Former Senator Ben Murray-Bruce also paid tribute to Mr Shonekan, saying was a “great man”:

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