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Sani Abacha

Head of State of Nigeria

Died when: 54 years 261 days (656 months)
Star Sign: Virgo


Sani Abacha

Sani Abacha GCFR (20 September 1943 – 8 June 1998) was a Nigerian military officer and politician who ruled as the military head of state of Nigeria from 1993 until his death in 1998.

He seized power on 17 November 1993 in the last successful coup d'etat in the military history of Nigeria.He was the Chief of Army Staff between 1985 to 1990;

Chief of Defence Staff between 1990 to 1993; and Minister of Defence.Abacha became the first Nigerian Army officer to attain the rank of a full military general without skipping a single rank.

His rule saw the achievement of several economic feats and also recorded human rights abuses and several political assassinations.He has been dubbed a kleptocrat and a dictator by several modern commentators.

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