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Guess Who: He attained the rank of a full military general without skipping a single rank.

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Sani Abacha
 GCFR (pronunciation (help·info); 20 September 1943 – 8 June 1998) was a Nigerian general 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.[1]


Sani Abacha

Sani Abacha (UN).jpg

10th Head of State of Nigeria

In office
17 November 1993 – 8 June 1998

Chief of General Staff

Oladipo Diya

Preceded by

Ernest Shonekan

Succeeded by

Abdulsalami Abubakar

Minister of Defence

In office
August 1990 – 17 November 1993

Preceded by

Domkat Bali

Succeeded by

Theophilus Danjuma

Chief of Defence Staff

In office
August 1990 – 17 November 1993

Preceded by

Domkat Bali

Succeeded by

Oladipo Diya

Chief of Army Staff

In office
August 1985 – August 1990

Preceded by

Ibrahim Babangida

Succeeded by

Salihu Ibrahim

Personal details

Born

20 September 1943
KanoNorthern RegionBritish Nigeria
(now Kano, Nigeria)

Died

8 June 1998 (aged 54)
State HouseAbuja, Nigeria

Cause of death

Unnatural Death (alleged)

Nationality

Nigerian

Political party

none (military)

Spouse(s)

Maryam Abacha

Children


See


  • Ibrahim
    Mohammed
    Abba
    Mahmud
    Sadiq
    Zainab
    Fatima
    Gumsu
    Rakiya
    Abdullahi
    Mustapha

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Military service

Allegiance

 Nigeria

Branch/service

Flag of the Nigerian Army Headquarters.svg Nigerian Army

Years of service

1963–1998

Rank

Nigeria-Army-OF-9.svg General

Battles/wars

Nigerian Civil War
First Liberian Civil War


His rule saw the achievement of several economic feats and also recorded human
rights abuses and several political assassinations.[2][3] He has been dubbed a kleptocrat and a dictator by several modern commentators. Read more on
Wikipedia 

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