H. E. Olusegun Obasanjo
Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Chair of the CoDA Board of Directors
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo served as Nigeria’s head of state twice. Once as a military ruler, from 1976 to 1979, after which he handed power to a democratically elected civilian president-hence becoming the first Military Head of state to transfer power peacefully to a civilian regime in Nigeria and again from 1999 to 2007, as the democratically elected President. Upon leaving office then, he also oversaw the first civilian handover of power in Nigeria from one democratically-elected leader to another. Former President Obasanjo has at different times served as Chairman of the Group of 77, Chairman of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Chairman of the African Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee on NEPAD, and serves on the African Progress Panel to monitor and promote Africa‘s development. In 2008, he was appointed by the United Nations as a special envoy for Africa and has since overseen democratic elections on behalf of the African Union and Ecowas in countries across the continent.