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
18 February 2010 – 7 April 2011
Prime MinisterMahamadou Danda
Preceded byMamadou Tandja (President)
Succeeded byMahamadou Issoufou (President)
Personal details
Born (1965-04-15) April 15, 1965 (age 54)
Namaro, Niger
Political partySupreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy
Military service
Branch/serviceNigerien Army
RankLieutenant General

Lieutenant General Salou Djibo (born April 15, 1965[1]) is a Nigerien military officer. After President Mamadou Tandja's attempts to remain in power after the end of his term, Djibo led the military coup of 18 February 2010 that ousted Tandja, after which he became the head of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy.[2][3][4] The Supreme Council returned power to the government after the 2011 elections.

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]

2010 coup[edit]

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


Djibo retired after the end of the military government.

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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