Four former African military leaders praised for embracing democratic government

Nii Ntreh Jun 26, 2020 at 04:00pm

June 26, 2020 at 04:00 pm | History

Nii Ntreh

Nii Ntreh | Staff Writer

June 26, 2020 at 04:00 pm | History

H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo - Concordia
Olusegun Obasanjo. Photo Credit:

Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo was Nigeria’s military leader between 1976 and 1979 as head of the Supreme Military Council. But he handed over power to a democratically-elected president and stayed away from national politics for a while.

In 1993 when Sani Abacha seized power, Obasanjo became an outspoken critic of Abacha’s tyranny. This landed Obasanjo in prison but he was released upon Abacha’s death in 1998, and became a duly-elected president in 1999.

After leaving office in 2007, Obasanjo has become an ambassador of democratic governance, mediating in conflicts and supervising elections across Africa.

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