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|11th President of Nigeria|
9 June 1998 – 29 May 1999
|Vice President||Mike Akhigbe|
|Preceded by||Sani Abacha|
|Succeeded by||Olusegun Obasanjo|
|Chief of Defence Staff|
December 1993 – June 1998
|Preceded by||Oladipo Diya|
|Succeeded by||Al-Amin Daggash|
|Born||13 June 1942
Minna, Northern Region, British Nigeria
(now Minna, Nigeria)
|Political party||none (military)|
|Spouse(s)||Fati Lami Abubakar|
|Branch/service|| Nigerian Air Force
|Years of service||1963–1966 (Air Force)
|Battles/wars||Nigerian Civil War
1978 South Lebanon conflict
Abdulsalami Abubakar ( born June 13, 1942) is a Nigerian statesman and retired Nigerian Army general who served as the de facto President of Nigeria from 1998 to 1999. He was also Chief of Defence Staff between 1993 and 1998. He succeeded General Sani Abacha upon his death.
During his leadership, Nigeria adopted a modified version of the 1979 constitution, which provided for multiparty elections. He transferred power to president-elect Olusegun Obasanjo on 29 May 1999. He is the current Chairman of the National Peace Committee.
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