Participating Members

Olusegun Obasanjo

President of Nigeria

Olusegun Obasanjo was commissioned into Nigerian Army in 1959. He led the 3rd Marine Commando to conclude the Civil War in 1970. He became deputy- Head of State (1975) and Head of State (1976) following the assassination of General Murtala. He retired as General in 1979, becoming the first Nigerian military Head of State to relinquish power voluntary. He was imprisoned in 1995 by General Abacha on a phony coup plot charge. Upon his release in 1998, he contested and won the Presidential election and served between 1999 and 2007. His administration renegotiated and paid Nigeria's debt, launching Nigeria on the path of sustainable growth. He chaired the African Union NEPAD. He established the Africa Leadership Forum (1988), founded Bells University of Technology (2005) and launched his Presidential Library (2005). He is a member of the National Council of State, a member of Africa Progress Panel. He is currently a Special Envoy to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on DRC and Great Lakes Region.

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