Olusegun Obasanjo

Nigerian politician

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.

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 84)
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)

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

In August 2021, the African Union appointed Olusegun Obasanjo as High Representative for Peace in the Horn of Africa.

ReferencesEdit

  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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