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

Sani Abacha
 GCFR (pronunciation ; 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
  • Ibrahim
    Fatima Gumsu
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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