Salou Djibo

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Salou Djibo
Général de corps d'armée Salou Djibo.jpg
Chairman of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy of Niger
In office
19 February 2010 – 7 April 2011
Prime Minister Mahamadou Danda
Preceded by Mamadou Tandja (President)
Succeeded by Mahamadou Issoufou (President)
Personal details
Born (1965-04-15) 15 April 1965 (age 50)
Namaro, Niger
Political party Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy
Military service
Allegiance  Niger
Service/branch Niger army logo.jpg Nigerien Army
Rank Lieutenant General

Lieutenant General Salou Djibo (born 15 April 1965[1]) is a Nigerien military officer. Following the military coup of 18 February 2010, he became head of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy and thus de facto leader of Niger.[2][3][4]

Early and family life[edit]

Salou Djibo was born in 1965 in Namaro, a village and rural commune in Niger close to the River Niger.[5] He is of Zarma ancestry. Djibo is married and has five children.

Military career[edit]

In 1995, Djibo underwent military training in Bouaké, Côte d'Ivoire before commencing officer training in 1996. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1997 and gained further promotions to lieutenant in 1998, captain in 2003 and chef d'escadron (major) in October 2006.[5] Djibo has also received training in Morocco and China.[6]

Amongst Djibo's several posts, he was an instructor at the Agadez military center, platoon commander,[5] commandant, 121 Compagnie de Commandement d'Appui et des Services, and commander of the garrison at Niger's capital Niamey.[6]

Djibo served in United Nations peacekeeping forces in Côte d'Ivoire (2004) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2006).[5]

Professed aims of February 2010 coup[edit]

His military government announced its intentions to make Niger "a model of democracy and good governance."[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mamadou Tandja
as President of Niger
Chairman of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy of Niger
Succeeded by
Mahamadou Issoufou
as President of Niger