Abdulsalami Abubakar

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Birthday
13, 1942
Birthplace
Nigeria
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
13, 1942 (age 76)
Birthplace
Nigeria

About

Ruler of Nigeria from 1998 to 1999 who took over from the strongman Sani Abacha and shepherded the country to multiparty elections.

Before Fame

He was a backer of his predecessor's regime, which was notorious for its human rights abuses.

Trivia

He took over the country promising to hold free elections with the year and transfer power to the president elected; surprising many, he kept his word.

Family Life

He was born in Minna, Nigeria and he belonged to the Gwari people.

Associated With

Like F.W. de Klerk in South Africa, he tried to bring prosperity and peace to a country that knew little of it.