Abdou Sidikou

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Abdou Sidikou (1927–1973) was a Nigerien politician and diplomat. Sidikou was the Foreign Minister of Niger from 1967-1970 under Hamani Diori.[1]

Early life[edit]

Abdou—his surname—was born in Kouré, Niger in 1927. Under French colonial rule he was son of an appointed local chief, or Chef du Canton, educated at the elite École normale supérieure William Ponty in Dakar and later studied Medicine at the Paris Faculty of Medicine, graduating in 1956, and working first at the Hospital of the Seine [2] in Paris, and then becoming chief Pharmacist at National Hospital (Niamey) [1]

Government career[edit]

In 1959, Abdou was appointed Cabinet director to Niger's first Minister of Health Diallo Boubakar,[3] and in 1962 was appointed Ambassador of Niger to the United States, Canada, and the United Nations. In 1964 he moved to Germany, where he was Niger's Ambassador to West Germany, Austria, the Benelux and Scandinavian nations, and the European Economic Community. He became Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Niamey, and on 14 April 1967, took over the ministry from President Hamani Diori. Due to poor health, he was appointed as "Secretary of State to the President" in January 1970, at that time a cabinet-level post. He died 26 July 1973.[1]


  1. ^ a b c He was a member of the ruling PPN-RDA party.Decalo, Samuel (1997). Historical Dictionary of the Niger (3rd ed.). Boston & Folkestone: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0-8108-3136-8. :pp. 16–17
  2. ^ "Hôpital privé de la Seine-Saint-Denis"
  3. ^ Décret n°59-175, nommant les Membres du Gouvernement. The Presidency of Niger. Accessed 2009-05-20.
Preceded by
Hamani Diori
Foreign Minister of Niger
Succeeded by
Barcourgné Courmo