Sani Abacha

1943 - 1998

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Sani Abacha GCFR (pronunciation ; 20 September 1943 – 8 June 1998) was a Nigerian military general who served as the military head of state of Nigeria from 1993 until his death in 1998. He was also Chief of Army Staff between 1985 to 1990; Chief of Defence Staff between 1990 to 1993; and Minister of Defence. In 1993, Abacha became the first Nigerian Army officer to attain the rank of a full military general without skipping a single rank.His rule saw the achievement of several economic feats and also recorded human rights abuses and several political assassinations. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sani Abacha has received more than 1,308,616 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Sani Abacha is the 10,523rd most popular politician (down from 9,638th in 2019), the 16th most popular biography from Nigeria and the 3rd most popular Nigerian Politician.

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Among politicians, Sani Abacha ranks 10,523 out of 15,710Before him are Agathocles, Juan Almonte, Shirley Chisholm, Ernst Ludwig I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, Radu Vasile, and Luis Miguel Sánchez Cerro. After him are Ingund, Eemil Nestor Setälä, Andrius Kubilius, Dimitrios Gounaris, Hans Ørberg, and Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.

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Among people born in 1943, Sani Abacha ranks 270Before him are Pablo Milanés, Newt Gingrich, Negasso Gidada, Andreas, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Kazimira Prunskienė, and Tom Holland. After him are David Geffen, Ted Neeley, Reinhard Libuda, Charles Savarin, Robbie Robertson, and Jeffrey Tate. Among people deceased in 1998, Sani Abacha ranks 127Before him are Haroun Tazieff, Jorge Pacheco Areco, Gérard Grisey, Louis Dumont, Friedrich Josias, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and Antonio Saura. After him are Bob Martin, E. G. Marshall, Eric Ambler, Leo Penn, Otto Wichterle, and Mahbub ul Haq.

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In Nigeria

Among people born in Nigeria, Sani Abacha ranks 16 out of 200Before him are Usman dan Fodio (1754), Olusegun Obasanjo (1937), Olaudah Equiano (1745), Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941), Jay-Jay Okocha (1973), and Francis Arinze (1932). After him are Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (1951), Amos Tutuola (1920), Shehu Shagari (1925), Goodluck Jonathan (1957), Yakubu Gowon (1934), and C. Odumegwu Ojukwu (1933).

Among POLITICIANS In Nigeria

Among politicians born in Nigeria, Sani Abacha ranks 3Before him are Muhammadu Buhari (1942) and Olusegun Obasanjo (1937). After him are Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (1951), Shehu Shagari (1925), Goodluck Jonathan (1957), Yakubu Gowon (1934), C. Odumegwu Ojukwu (1933), Abdullah al-Thani (1954), Ibrahim Babangida (1941), Murtala Mohammed (1938), and Nnamdi Azikiwe (1904).