Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo (Brasília, September 2005, photo: José Cruz/ABr.)

Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo (* 5. March 1937 in Abeokuta, Nigeria) was 1976-1979 and is since 1999 again a president of Nigeria.


Obasanjo belongs to the people of the Yoruba and stepped1958 into the Nigerian army, where it made career rapidly as an officer. 1967-1970 it participated in the Biafra war . After the Militärputsch 1975 of Murtala Mohammed he was a deputy head of the government. After the murder Mohammeds it became 1976 president and prepared the establishment II. Republicforwards. he handed power to 1979 over at the selected president Shehu Shagari.

Obasanjo with US president George W. Bush in France at the 1. June 2003

from 1980 to center of the 90's had Obasanjo numerous international functions, among other things he was a president of Transparency international (TI),Candidate for the office of the UN-Secretary-General etc. 1995 to 1998 he was political prisoner of the military dictator Sani Abacha. As a presidency candidate of the People's Democratic party it won the elections to IV. Republic and is again since 1999 a president. Its re-election found with the disputed electionsof 2003 instead of, which it won with 61,94% of the voices. Its strongest rival was the former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari.

In the year 2003 Obasanjo started an anti-corruption campaign in co-operation with Transparency international. Nigeria, Africa of largest oil exporters, is its third last place in the corruption list thatWorld with the help of the organization, which it managed long time, leave. To 7. It placed its plan to November 2003 in Berlin, the seat of TI, under the designation “Corruption: Nigeria's greatest challenge " together with the founder of TI, Professor. Dr. Peter Eigen, forwards.

In the year 2005 its wife Stella died with a cosmetic operation.

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