Following the death of Chief Ernest Adegunle Oladeinde Shonekan, a former Head of the Interim Government, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered that the national flag be flown at half-mast.


On Tuesday night, Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), communicated the President’s instruction.

Buhari issued the order, which will be in effect from Wednesday, January 12th, to Friday, January 14th, as a mark of respect for the former President, who died on Tuesday, January 11th, 2022, at the age of 85.

On August 26, 1993, Shonekan took over from Babangida, but his government was overthrown on November 17, 1993, by the late General Sani Abacha.

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Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated that its presidential ticket for 2023 would not be handed over on a silver platter to any candidate.

Yekini Nabena, the party’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, said this in response to Bola Tinubu, the party’s National Leader, publicly declaring his intention to run for President in 2023. Tinubu paid a visit to President Buhari at the statehouse on Monday, January 10, to advise him of his desire to run for President in 2023.

In response to Tinubu’s declaration, Nabena said:

 “The APC will not give any of its members’ presidential ticket on a platter of gold. There are procedures so he (Tinubu) should continue consulting.

The APC is not a come-and-take party. He should consult even those contesting with him.

So consultations should continue and whoever emerges at the primaries will be the party’s presidential candidate for 2023”