|12th President of Nigeria|
29 May 1999 â€“ 29 May 2007
|Vice President||Atiku Abubakar|
|Preceded by||Abdulsalami Abubakar|
|Succeeded by||Umaru Yar’Adua|
|5th Head of State of Nigeria|
13 February 1976 â€“ 30 September 1979
|Preceded by||Gen. Murtala Mohammed|
|Succeeded by||Shehu Shagari as 1st elected President of Nigeria|
|3rd Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters|
29 July 1975 â€“ 13 February 1976
|Preceded by||Vice-Adm. J.E.A Wey|
|Succeeded by||Maj-Gen. S.M. Yar’Adua|
|Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing|
5 March 1937 |
Abeokuta, Western Region, British Nigeria
(now Abeokuta, Ogun, Nigeria)
|Political party||PDP (1999 – Feb. 2015)|
Esther Oluremi (ex-wife)
|Alma mater||Mons Officer Cadet School
|Nickname(s)||Baba , “OBJ”|
|Years of service||1958â€“1979|
We will as soon as possible reexamine our laws and policies and eliminate all obstacles to genuine investment.
We regard America and Europe as old friends. We keep old friends, but we make new friends in Japan, India, and China.
I will not say the fact that there are no European Union observers at an election means that it will not be fair and free.
If I am not above the law, nobody in this country can then claim to be above the law.
My joy knows no bounds… I will devote all my energy and all the powers available to me to the service of Nigeria and humanity.
I am a black man inside and outside and you are white men on the outside, but inside, you are Africans like me.
I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge that our foreign friends are welcome to join in our endeavor to develop the resources of our country.
Unfortunately, the true force which propels our endless political disputes, our constant struggles for political advantage, is often not our burning concern for democracy, it is often of our dedication to the principle of the rule of law.
I believe God knew what he was doing when he put oil under our ground. It should be a means to an end.
Let me make a solemn pledge before all of you, before the whole world and before God, that I will devote all my energy and all I possess in my power to serve the people of Nigeria and humanity.
When I left office in 1979, I was about the only one who had really left public office on my own.
Nigeria has no business with poverty. With our human and material resources, we shall strive to eradicate poverty from our country.
Pope John Paul II not only visited Nigeria twice but stood by the country in its fight against dictatorship and injustice.
What the oil producer gets paid is about 16 percent. The majority of it is tax, which in fairness to the government of this country they have accepted and admitted.
My gut feelings and my faith tell me that until God shuts a door, no human can shut it.