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Seyni Kountché Nigeria President

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Seyni Kountché (1 July 1931 – 10 November 1987) was a Nigerien military officer who led a 1974 coup d’état that deposed the government of Niger’s first president, Hamani Diori. He ruled the country as military head of state from 1974 to 1987. Stade Général Seyni Kountché, Niger’s national stadium …

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Hamani Diori Nigeria President

Hamani Diori Nigeria President

Hamani Diori (6 June 1916 – 23 April 1989) was the first President of the Republic of Niger. He was appointed to that office in 1960, when Niger gained independence. YOUTH Born in Soudouré, near the capital, Niamey, Diori was the son of a public health officer in the French …

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Adebayo Adedeji Nigeria Politician

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Adebayo Adedeji (born, Ijebu-Ode, December 21, 1930) is a Nigerian politician. He was Executive Secretary to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa from 1975 to 1978, and UN Under-Secretary-General from 1978 until 1991. He is the founding Executive Director of the African Centre for Development and Strategic Studies (ACDESS) …

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Mamadou Tandja President of Nigeria

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Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Mamadou Tandja (born 1938) is a Nigerien politician who was President of Niger from 1999 to 2010. He was President of the National Movement of the Development Society (MNSD) from 1991 to 1999 and unsuccessfully ran as the MNSD’s presidential candidate in 1993 and 1996 before being …

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Abdulsalami Abubakar Nigeria general and brief head of state

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Madulsalami Alhaji Abubakar pronunciation ahb-doo-sah-LAM-ee ah-boo-BAH-kahr (born June 13, 1942) is a retired Nigerian Army General who was military President of Nigeria from 9 June 1998 until 29 May 1999. He succeeded Sani Abacha upon Abacha’s death. It was during Abubakar’s leadership that Nigeria adopted its new constitution on 5 …

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Dipu Moni Bangladesh politician

Dipu Moni Bangladesh politician

D r. Dipu Moni (Bengali: দীপু মনি, born 8 December 1965) is a Bangladeshi politician who served as Foreign Minister of Bangladesh from 2009 to 2013. She was appointed the first female Foreign Minister on 6 January 2009 after a landslide victory for the Awami League-led Grand Alliance on 29 …

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Ibrahim Shekarau Nigeria governor

Ibrahim Shekarau Nigeria governor

Ibrahim Shekarau (born November 5, 1955) was a former Nigeria’s minister of education and two term Governor of Kano State in Nigeria. He was elected in April 2003 and reelected in April 2007. He is a member of the People Democratic Party (PDP). He was one of the candidates aspiring …

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Umaru Musa Yar’Adua President of Nigeria

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Umaru Musa Yar’Adua (16 August 1951 – 5 May 2010) was the 13th President of Nigeria. He served as governor of Katsina State in northern Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 28 May 2007. He was declared the winner of the controversial Nigerian presidential election held on 21 April 2007, …

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Barcourgné Courmo Nigeria politician

Barcourgné Courmo Nigeria politician

Barcourgné Courmo (1916 – 16 November 1993) was a Nigerien politician and diplomat. Courmo was Finance Minister and chair of the ruling party politburo in the 1960s, as well as the Foreign Minister of Niger briefly in 1970 under Hamani Diori. EARLY CAREER Courmo was closely involved with Diori during …

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