Profession: President of Nigeria
Why Famous: A Nigerian Army general and politician who served as the de facto President of Nigeria from 1993 to 1998. His regime, although it saw dramatic economic growth, also saw widespread human-rights abuse.
- 1993-11-17 Gen. Sani Abacha leads a military coup in Nigeria that overthrows the government of Ernest Shonekan
- 1993-11-17 General Sani Abacha leads a coup against Ernest Shonekan's transitional administration and returns the Nigerian government to military control
- 1998-06-09 Abdulsalami Abubakar succeeds Sani Abacha as military President of Nigeria