|Intro||Nigerien head of state|
|Is|| Politician |
|From|| Niger |
|Type|| Military |
|Birth||15 April 1965, Namaro, Niger|
|Politics||Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy|
Lieutenant General Salou Djibo (born April 15, 1965) is a Nigerien Army 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. 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. He is of Zarma ancestry. Djibo is married and has five children.
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. Djibo has also received training in Morocco and China.
Amongst Djibo’s several posts, he was an instructor at the Agadez military center, platoon commander, commandant, 121 Compagnie de Commandement d’Appui et des Services, and commander of the garrison at Niger’s capital Niamey.
Djibo served in United Nations peacekeeping forces in Côte d’Ivoire (2004) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2006).
His military government announced its intentions to make Niger “a model of democracy and good governance.”
Djibo retired after the end of the military government.