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Obasanjo, Olusegun

Born: 1937 AD
Currently alive, at 81 years of age.
2.2 (43.7%) 27 votes

1937 – Born in Abeokuta, Ogun State on the 5th of March.

1958 – He grew up in Owu, also in Ogun State, and he enlisted in the army.

1975 – He directly participate in the military coup on the 29th of July, led by Murtala Ramat Mohammed, he supported it and was named Murtala’s deputy in the new government.

1976 – When Mohammed was assassinated in an attempted coup on the 13th of February, Obasanjo replaced him as head of state, and initiated a transition to civilian rule.

1979 – Obasanjo served on the 1st of October, when he handed power to Shehu Shagari, a democratically elected civilian president; this made Obasanjo the first leader in Nigerian history to surrender power willingly.

1983 – The military seized power again. Obasanjo, being in retirement, did not participate in that coup, and did not publicly support it.

1993-1998 – Sani Abacha, Obasanjo spoke out against the human rights abuses of the regime, and was imprisoned with the claim of planning a coup.

1999 – In elections, the first in sixteen years, he decided to run for the presidency as the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party.

2003 – Obasanjo was re-elected in a tumultuous election that had violent ethnic and religious overtones, his main opponent being a Muslim who drew his support mainly from the north.

2005 – On the 23rd of October, the President lost his second wife, Stella Obasanjo, First Lady of Nigeria. Obasanjo has many children, who live throughout Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States.

2.2 (43.7%) 27 votes