Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR(Rtd)- Chairman

A distinguished soldier, author, statesman and leader, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, is the founder of the Africa Leadership Forum, and was appointed into the commonwealth Eminent Persons Group upon his retirement from the Army and handing-over the reign of government to democratic rule in 1979. After serving variously as Commander of the victorious Third Marine Commando which gained several victory for Nigeria during the civil war, he served as a federal commissioner under the military government of General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) and also as the Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters, under the administration of Late General Murtala Muhammed and later became the military Head of State after the death of General Murtala Muhammed, where he returned the country to democratic governance in 1979 after successful transition to Civil Rule. He was elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1999 and re-elected for a second term in 2003 which he completed in 2007 and successfully handed over to another civilian administration.