Fall & rise of leaders


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Former Nigerian Presisent: Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
1995: Tried for plotting coup against military leader General Sani Abacha and sentenced to life in prison. This was later commuted to 15 years after pressure from friends abroad, including South Africa’s Nelson Mandela, former US President Jimmy Carter and former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt.
1998: Released from prison after Abacha’s death and returns to politics. Opinions differ on why Obasanjo decided to run for president so soon after coming out of jail. His critics saw him as a pawn of the military elite – previous military rulers visited Obasanjo as he was considering running, and supported his campaign. His supporters consider him to be independent-minded. Obasanjo himself claimed to have “found God” while in prison, which gave him the strength to run for the country again. He was reported to have said that his mission was to restore Nigeria and defeat separatism.

1999: Obasanjo won presidential elections on 27 February with 62 percent of the valid votes cast. His Party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), won about the same majority in the two houses of the National Assembly, state houses and the state legislature.

Albert Einstein didn’t speak until age four and didn’t read until age seven. His teachers labeled him “slow” and “mentally handicapped.”
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But Einstein just had a different way of thinking. He later won the Nobel prize in physics.

Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade. He was defeated in every public office role he ran for.
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Then he became the British prime minister at the age of 62.

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Harland David Sanders, the famous KFC “Colonel,” couldn’t sell his chicken. More than 1,000 restaurants rejected him.
But then one did, and today there are KFC restaurants bearing his image all over the world.

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