General Sani Abacha GCFR( 20 September 1943 – 8 June 1998) was a Nigerian politician and military general who served as the de facto President of Nigeria from 1993 until his death in 1998. He was also Chief of Army Staff between 1985 to 1990; Chief of Defence Staff between 1990 to 1993; and Minister of Defence. In 1993, Abacha became the first Nigerian soldier to attain the rank of a full military general without skipping a single rank. Abacha is also the first and only military head of state to have taken part in all the military coups in Nigeria. Abacha is seen as the most enigmatic leader the country ever had. His rule saw the achievement of several economic feats and also recorded human rights abuses.After his death corruption allegations marred the unprecedented growth rates and indices recorded by his administration. Abacha is still a popular figure in Northern Nigeria. Many praise him for the various establishments he laid around the country and for bringing back security to the region.