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Africa's Youngest Head Of State Now Lives In Poverty And Also An Alcoholic

Image may contain: one or more peopleIn 1992 at just age 25, Captain Valentine Strasser had seized power from His former boss President Joseph Momoh and had become Sierra Leone’s Head of State making him the youngest ever in West Africa.
Valentine Esegragbo Melvine Strasser (born 26 April 1967) is an ex-military leader that served as head of state of Sierra Leone from 1992 to 1996. He had been a junior military officer but in 1992, he became the world's youngest Head of State when he seized power three days after his 25th birthday. He was the leading member in a group of six young Sierra Leonean soldiers who overthrew president Joseph Saidu Momoh in the 29 April 1992 military coup . They established a military junta called the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC).
On January 1996, after nearly four
years in power, Strasser was ousted in another military coup , but this time it was his own NPRC members who were not satisfied with his handling of the peace process.
Valentine Strasser studied at the University of Warwick in Coventry but did not finish due to protests about a military dictator and a human rights violator to study in England.
Broke and nowhere to go, Strasser descended into alcohol and jumped from couch to couch. In 2000, he left England for Gambia but his time there was troublesome. He was attacked by relatives of one of the people that were killed on the beach in 1992.
The Gambian government accused him of plotting a coup and deported him. This time around, the United Kingdom did not take him in. He had no other place to go other than back home, Sierra Leone.
Strasser sat on wealth and many opportunities but he soon allowed his youthful exuberance to be his waterloo .He engaged in high level of profligacy and failed the war against rebel leader Forday Sankoh. He grew unpopular with accusations of mismanagement and ordering the killing of many of dissenters of his regime. Valentine Strasser now lives in his mother's old white house in Grafton, Sierra Leone. Now 52 years old, the former military dictator now lives in seclusion, mocked by little boys who cannot believe that the continent's youngest ruler now wears rags. He laments over his joblessness and takes solace in the Palm wine bars.

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FACEBOOK COMMENTS

Orvesen Terjam

Its quite pathetic for an icon to status of a president being in such a state.. It doesn't worth it. To my opinion, he needs more counsel and rehab to lift him out of that. Cos, even if you give him his country's current budget now, you will still not see it the next day.

Micheal Callix Oyibo

This one really weak me

Olufemi Adekunle Rotty

He had laid his bed let him lay on it.

Dan Comodore

If u fail to plan.. You plan to fail

Stamford Sam B

This na him village dey follow am

Oluwatoyin Obanla

He his living and fulfilling his destiny to the fullest i.e from grace to grass

Daniel Orji

That's what happens to you when you don't focus on people, in leadership

Darlington Ebuzo

Judging from his past military life, his present life condition awaits my president & his own, though he has his own threatening issues but I say it's not enough for things he has done & continued to do unto the children of the Lord

Kasham Simon Bala

The wicket that men do shall live after them.

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