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Please be informed that at least 4 African presidents have gone down in history as having occupied office for a weirdly brief period.
In majority of the stated cases, the term of service was not by design.
Contrary to the famous belief that African leaders possess a high level of affinity for political power, historic records informs us of at least 4 individuals who have tasted the absolute power for strangely short periods.
In fact the surprising list puts a lens on political leaders who either exited the presidency by way of military coups or unfavourable political times.
Provided below is the list of shortest-serving presidents in Africa;
1. Christopher Elnathan Okoro Cole – 2 days:
For your information, Christopher Okoro was the first Chief Justice of Sierra Leone.
After a new constitutional order was instituted in April 1971, Okoro was sworn-in as president becoming the country’s first president.
However, he sadly handed over power to then Prime Minister Siaka Stevens two days later.
2. Yusuf Kironde Lule – 68 days:
Yusuf Kironde Lule also occupied the presidency of Uganda after the famous dictator Idi Amin was ousted on April 13, 1979.
Lule was later evicted out of office through a coup on June 20, 1979, having stayed in office for 68 days.
3. Melchior Ndadaye – 3 months:
After winning Presidential elections, Melchior took up the office of Burundi’s president in the month July 10, 1993, after narrowly escaping a ploted assassination.
Sadly, he was toppled and killed on October 21 of the same year.
4. Ernest Adegunle Oladeinde Shonekan – 2 months:
Ernest Adegunle Oladeinde Shonekan
Ernest took over Nigeria’s power in the month of August 26, 1993, becoming the country’s ninth president after General Ibrahim Babangida tendered his resignation consequent to pressure from activists.
He was overthrown in November having occupied the presidential seat for only two months.
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