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Salou Djibo
Djibo in 2010
Chairman of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy
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) 15 April 1965 (age 59)
Namaro, Niger
Political partySupreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy
SpouseFati Alzouma Djobo Salou[1]
Military service
Allegiance Niger
Branch/service Niger Army
RankArmy corps general

Salou Djibo (born 15 April 1965[2]) is a Nigerien Army officer. After President Mamadou Tandja's attempts to remain in power beyond 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.[3][4][5] The Supreme Council returned power to a new civil 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.[citation needed] He is of Zarma ancestry. Djibo is married to Fati Alzouma Djobo Salou and has five children.[1]

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.[citation needed] 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,[citation needed] 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).[citation needed]

2010 coup[edit]

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


Djibo announced that he would be running as a candidate in the 2020 Nigerien presidential election. [8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Welcomes African Presidents Wives at Elysee Palace". Getty Images. 13 July 2010. Archived from the original on 6 August 2023. Retrieved 6 August 2023.
  2. ^ "Le Commandant Salou Djibo, patron du CSRD, la junte qui dirige le Niger....", African Press Agency, 20 February 2010 (in French).
  3. ^ (in French) "Un Conseil militaire prend le pouvoir au Niger", Radio France International, February 19, 2010
  4. ^ (in French) "Niger : le chef d'escadron Salou Djibo, "président" du CSRD", Agence France Presse, February 19, 2010
  5. ^ "Niger junta names leader after coup", UK Press Association, February 19, 2010
  6. ^ a b (in French) "Retour au calme au Niger au lendemain du coup d'Etat", Le Point/Reuters, February 19, 2010
  7. ^ "Military coup ousts Niger president Mamadou Tandja", British Broadcasting Corporation, February 19, 2010
  8. ^ AfricaNews (29 June 2020). "Niger's 2020 polls: ex-military leader contesting for president". Africanews. Retrieved 16 May 2023.

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Political offices
Preceded byas President of Niger Chairman of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy of Niger
Succeeded byas President of Niger