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 53)
Namaro, Niger
Political party Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy
Military service
Allegiance Niger
Service/branch Nigerien Army
Rank Lieutenant General

Lieutenant General Salou Djibo (born 15 April 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

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

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

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.

See also


  1. ^ "Le Commandant Salou Djibo, patron du CSRD, la junte qui dirige le Niger....", African Press Agency, 20 February 2010 (in French).
  2. ^ (in French) "Un Conseil militaire prend le pouvoir au Niger", Radio France International, February 19, 2010
  3. ^ (in French) "Niger : le chef d'escadron Salou Djibo, "président" du CSRD", Agence France Presse, February 19, 2010
  4. ^ "Niger junta names leader after coup", UK Press Association, February 19, 2010
  5. ^ a b c d
  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

External links

  • - Backgrounder: Nigerien junta leader Salou Djibo
  • Address by Lieutenant-General Salou Djibo, President of the Supreme Council for Restoration of Democracy, at the 65th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, September 23, 2010 (video, dubbed in English)
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
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