Fake news !.Sonekan is not dead as reported on social media..He returned to the country on Monday from medical trip abroad ..And one of the daughter of former Head of Interim National Government (ING), Chief Ernest Shonekan, Mrs. Basirat Umar-Shonekan, has debunked the rumoured of her father’s death.
In a telephone chat from Canada, Basirat declared that though on sick bed however the former interim national government head is still alive.
The Canadian Naval Accountant further explained that the reported death of her father on facebook was a fake news which compelled her to make phone calls across to Nigeria to authenticate the incident.
In a WhatsApp chat with friends from Canada, Umar-Shonekan declared that her father was hale and hearty at the time of speaking with her Nigerian friends. The Nigerian-born Canadian naval accountant further explained that she had the rumour of her father’s death through a Facebook report which compelled her to make phone calls across to Nigeria to authenticate the incident.
Basirat, who later made a phone call to one of her male friends and a close family friend in Nigeria, Idir Abu, further explained that the entire Shonekan family was highly embarrassed by the internet news. “To be frank with you, all of us, too, were very embarrassed by the Facebook report and I had to hurriedly call Nigeria. Although Baba is suffering from sickness usually associated with old age, I can tell you that my dad is fine”, Basirat told Abu. Mrs. Umar-Shonekan further said that Shonekan’s first born was still with their father in the family’s Lagos house.
Meanwhile, Chief Shonekan’s rumoured death yesterday caused serious confusion within the Egba town of Abeokuta owing to his status as one of the High Chiefs in Egbaland. An inquiry made by our correspondent at the palace of the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland indicated that the palace chiefs were saddened at the report.
Mrs. Basirat Umar- Sonekan explained that the entire Shonekan family was highly embarrassed by the fake news.
There were confusion in Abeokuta, the Ogun state state capital over rumoured death of former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, who returned to the country on Monday from medical trip abroad.
Former Interim Head of State, Chief. Dr. ERNEST ADEGUNLE OLADEHINDE SHONEKAN, GCFR, CBE, the man who ruled Nigeria for 120,960 minutes was born on the 9th of May 1936 in Lagos. An Abeokuta (Yoruba) person by origin, his father was working in the civil service and he had five other siblings.
Early schooling was at Nigeria’s oldest secondary school, Church Missionary Society (CMS) Grammar School, St. Finbarr’s College Road, Lagos ,established 6 June 1859, . Later, he proceeded to the University of London where he finished in 1962 with a degree in law. He is a member of the Nigerian and English Bars.
He is married to Chief (Mrs.) Margaret Shonekan
A high chief among the Yorubas of Southwestern Nigeria, Chief Shonekan is the Abese of Egbaland, a traditional title among his kinsmen. Apart from the honour bestowed upon him by his people, Oloye Shonekan is a recipient of other awards:
-National Order of the Legion of Honour (Legion of Honour or Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur), bestowed upon him by the former French President, Jacques Chirac.