Tragedy, Mourning in Africa as Ousted President Dies at age 76

Tragedy, Mourning in Africa as Ousted President Dies at age 76

  • Mali has been thrown into mouning, following the death of former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita who died at the age of 76
  • Keita, ruled the West African nation from 2013 until he was ousted by a military coup in 2020 after months of anti-government protests
  • The former presiden't death was announced on Sunday, January 16, by Keita's former justice minister and an ex-advisor

A report by Reuters indicates that Mali’s former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has passed awat at the age of 76.

Keita's death was confirmed his former justice minister and an ex-advisor on Sunday, January 16.

Mali’s former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita
Mali’s former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita died at the age of 76. Photo credit: Julien Mattia/NurPhoto
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The ousted Malian president popularly known as IBK, ran the West African country from September 2013 to August 2020.

Though the cause of death was not made known, a former advisor said Keita died at home in the capital Bamako.

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The former president's family using his initials also confirmed that Keita died arounf 9:00 am on Sunday, Aljazeera added.

Tears, mourning as former African president dies

According to an earlier report by Legit.ng, the Algerian presidency on Friday, September 17, 2021, reported that the country lost a former president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Bouteflika's death came over two years after he stepped down from office following nationwide protest by the masses and the military after news of his plan to run for a fifth term broke.

A veteran of Algeria's war for independence, the former African leader held on to power in the nation for not less than finally resigning in 2019.

For two years after he left office, the Bouteflika was hardly or never seen by most of the citizens until his demise.

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Ex-President of Sharia Council Datti Ahmed dies in Kano

Meanwhile, Dr Ibrahim Datti Ahmed, an elder statesman and former president-general of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN) is dead.

A family source confirmed the death, saying the renowned medical doctor, politician and Islamic cleric died in Kano.

Reacting to Datti Ahmed's death, Shehu Sani, a former senator who represented Kaduna Central in the eighth National Assembly, posted on Facebook:

"Dr Datti Ahmad; May Allah grant him Aljanna firdausi.Amin."

Source: Legit.ng

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