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Abdulsalami Abubakar
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11th President of Nigeria
In office
9 June 1998 – 29 May 1999
Vice President Mike Akhigbe
Preceded by Sani Abacha
Succeeded by Olusegun Obasanjo
Chief of Defence Staff
In office
December 1993 – June 1998
Preceded by Oladipo Diya
Succeeded by Al-Amin Daggash
Personal details
Born 13 June 1942 (1942-06-13) (age 79)
Minna, Northern Region, British Nigeria
(now Minna, Nigeria)
Political party none (military)
Spouse(s) Fati Lami Abubakar
Children Six
Residence Minna
Military service
Allegiance  Nigeria
Branch/service NAF LOGO.jpg Nigerian Air Force
Flag of the Nigerian Army Headquarters.svg Nigerian Army
Years of service 1963–1966 (Air Force)
1966–1999 (Army)
Rank General
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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