Olusegun Obasanjo

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Olusegun Obasanjo
Olusegun Obasanjo 2014.jpg
12th President of Nigeria
In office
29 May 1999 – 29 May 2007
Vice PresidentAtiku Abubakar
Preceded byAbdulsalam Abubakar
Succeeded byUmaru Musa Yar'Adua
Federal of Petroleum Resources
In office
1999–2007
5th Head of State of Nigeria
In office
13 February 1976 – 30 September 1979
Preceded byGen. Murtala Mohammed
Succeeded byShehu Shagari as 1st elected President of Nigeria
3rd Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters
In office
29 July 1975 – 13 February 1976
Preceded byVice-Adm. J.E.A Wey
Succeeded byMaj-Gen. S.M. Yar'Adua
Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing
In office
1974–1975
Personal details
Born (1937-05-05) 5 May 1937 (age 82)
Abeokuta, Western Region, British Nigeria
(now Abeokuta, Ogun, Nigeria)
NationalityNigerian
Political partyPDP (1999 – Feb. 2015)
Spouse(s)
ChildrenIyabo Obasanjo-Bello
Alma materMons Officer Cadet School
DSSC, India
Nickname(s)Baba, "OBJ"[1]
WebsiteOfficial website
Military service
Nickname(s)Baba Africa
Allegiance Nigeria
Branch/service Nigeria Army
Years of service1958–1979
RankGeneral
Battles/warsNigerian Civil War (6 July 1967 – 15 January 1970) Congo Crisis (5 July 1960 – 25 November 1965)

Chief Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR, Ph.D.[2] (/ˈbɑːsən/; Yoruba: Olúṣẹ́gun Ọbásanjọ́[3] born 5 May 1937) is a Nigerian politicians and general. He was President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. He was a military ruler from 13 February 1976 to 1 October 1979, and a democratically elected president from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.

From July 2004 to January 2006, Obasanjo also was Chairperson of the African Union.

References[change | change source]

  1. Ebuzor, Chika. "'Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gun powder,' OBJ says". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  2. "Statement by Obasanjo to the United Nations" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  3. With tone marking, his name is spelled Olúṣẹ́gun Ọbásanjọ́.

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