facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
Headlines

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 27, the 58th day of 2002 with 307 to follow. The moon is full.
By United Press International

What U.S. newspapers are saying

U.S. newspaper editorial comment on issues of international interest.

Global View: Nigeria, sad bumblebee

For decades Nigeria has teetered on the edge of the abyss and has pulled back from it. The country muddles along, unhappily, chaotically, violently. Nigeria's leaders must wake up. They have failed the population, and the dangers are great.
IAN CAMPBELL, UPI Economics Correspondent

Bush: No let up in bin Laden hunt

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush on Friday said the United States remained in pursuit of Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden, whom authorities have identified as the prime s
KATHY A. GAMBRELL, White House reporter
Page 9 of 9
Next
Photos
Olusegun Obasanjo
U.S. First Lady Laura Bush (L) visits with Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at the presidential villa in Abuja, Nigeria. (UPI Photo/Shealah Craighead/White House)
Wiki

Oluṣẹgun Mathew Okikiọla Arẹmu Ọbasanjọ, GCFR (pronounced in Yoruba, /oʊˈbɑːsəndʒoʊ/ in English; born circa 5 March 1937) is a former Nigerian Army general and former President of Nigeria. A Nigerian of Yoruba descent, Obasanjo was a career soldier before serving twice as his nation's head of state, once as a military ruler, between 13 February 1976 to 1 October 1979 and again from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007, as elected President. His current home is Abeokuta, the Capital City of Ogun State, where he is a nobleman and holder of the titles of the Balogun of the Owu Lineage and the Ekerin Balogun of the Egba clan of Yorubaland.

Ọbasanjọ was born in Ogun State, grew up in Owu (Abeokuta), and he enlisted in the Nigerian Army in 1958. His first name, Olusegun, means "The Lord is victorious". He trained at Aldershot, and was then commissioned as an officer in the Nigerian Army. He served at 1 Area Command in Kaduna and then became Chief Army Engineer, then commander of 2 Area Command from July 1967, which was redesignated 2 Division Rear, and then the Ibadan Garrison Organisation. He was also trained in DSSC, Wellington. During the Nigerian Civil War, he commanded the Army's 3 Marine Commando Division that took Owerri, effectively bringing an end to the civil war. Gbenga

Although Brig. Ọbasanjọ did not directly participate in the military coup of 29 July 1975, led by Murtala Mohammed, he supported it and was named Murtala's deputy in the new government. As chief of staff of Supreme Headquarters, Obasanjo sought advice from Rogerlay of Akobi and thus had the support of the military. On 13 February 1976, he was marked for assassination along with Murtala and other senior military personnel by coup plotters, lead by Army Col. Dimka. Although Murtala was killed during the attempted coup, Obasanjo escaped death as another officer's vehicle was mistaken for his. The low profile security policy adopted by Murtala in guarding very important persons allowed the plotters easy access to their targets. The coup was foiled because the plotters missed Obasanjo and General Theophilus Danjuma, chief of army staff and de facto number three man in the country. The plotters also failed to monopolize communications, although they were able to take over the radio station to announce the coup attempt. Obasanjo and Danjuma were able to establish a chain of command and re-established security in Lagos, thereby regaining control. Obasanjo was made head of state in a meeting of the Supreme Military Council. Keeping the chain of command established by Murtala Muhammad in place, Obasanjo pledged to continue the programme for the restoration of civilian government in 1979 and to carry forward the reform programme to improve the quality of public service.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Olusegun Obasanjo."
Quotes
Most Popular
1
Madeleine McCann report finds authorities hindered investigation
2
Brittany Murphy's dad slams 'hideous' Lifetime biopic about his late daughter
3
Obama approval rating hits record low in blue California
4
Cutting carbs, not fat, key to weight loss and heart health
5
Islamic State allegedly beheads second American journalist
x
Feedback