Popular Nigerian journalist and activist, Omoyele Sowore has surfaced in an unusual way while trying to reflect on the personality of an erstwhile Head of the Nigerian Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan.
Shonekan who was popularly acclaimed for a short but eventful stay in government took over the leadership of Nigeria from erstwhile President Ibrahim Babangida. Babangida’s military government preceded the technocratic administration led by Ernest Shonekan who eventually served in the administration that preceded his (Abacha’s).
A bit disheartening that he died in the early hours of today at the ripe age of 85. Encomiums have been pouring in since then from different sectors of the Nigerian State, most of them crediting the enduring legacies of the departed hero.
Contrary to the condolences flying around in the media is the opinion of a foremost Nigerian activist and journalist, Omoyele Sowore. Sowore described Shonekan as the Democracy Traitor, he also carpeted Sahara Reporters and other media for proceeding to describe the late Shonekan as a “Nigerian leader.”
“When I learned of the death of Chief Ernest Shonekan today at the age of 85. I could not hold my anger at the reporting (including at Sahara Reporters) that claimed he was a “Nigerian leader.”
“Truth is that Chief Shonekan wasn’t a leader, he was a traitor who betrayed Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola and a betrayer of Nigeria’s quest for genuine democracy before and during the June 12 1993 era.”
“Also, Chief Shonekan wasn’t an “Interim Leader” as reported in many news outlets, the illegal contraption he headed known as the “Interim National Government” which was put together by an equally evil traitor, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida was appropriately nullified by a Lagos High Court also in 1993 after he occupied the office of “President” only for 84 days.”
Nigerians should courageously address the sins of these bunch of wicked people when they are alive and when they die. The people of Chile recently treated the death of Lucía Hiriart, the widow of the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet with scorn even though she died at the age of 99.”