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Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by MediaNGN: 6:26pm On Mar 24
In 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.

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. Majority of his soldiers defected to the rebel army after he employed the services of mercenary front Executive Outcomes.

Strasser was ousted in 1996 through a palace coup staged by his deputy Julius Maabo who assumed his position afterwards. Strasser fled to London and attempted studying law at Warwick University on scholarship. He couldn’t feed nor afford decent accommodation.

Hardship, coupled with divorce and constant harassment from a daughter of one of his victims soon forced him to abandon the school.

He was granted amnesty and returned to Sierra Leone where he’s been living with his mum and struggling so hard to make ends meet.

He laments over his joblessness and takes solace in the Palm wine bars.

Source: https://www.mediahelm.com.ng/2019/03/from-president-to-pauper-meet-youngest.html

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Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by MediaNGN: 6:39pm On Mar 24
Nawa o

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Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by tillaman(m): 6:50pm On Mar 24
Life!!! Shey him no learn from him co African leaders ni?? With offshore account Swiss bank , the caymans and all! Dumb Bleep!! I bet he was busy pounding kitten throughout his reign

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Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by BuhariAdvocate: 6:52pm On Mar 24
sad

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Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by panini(m): 7:04pm On Mar 24
There's a lot relevant history that'll go untold

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Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by id911: 7:07pm On Mar 24
If he were to come from Nigeria, he can never ever be poor as Ex-Head of State whether he stole while in power or not. Go and check what this country is paying all past Nigerian leaders monthly or yearly as the case may be including coup plotters that committed treason by subverting the mandate of the people.

Nigeria is probably the only country in the world that pay coup plotters in the name of being Ex-Head of States. Useless country

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Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by delugajackson: 7:10pm On Mar 24
Life is funny. One minute you're there and the next minute you're not.

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Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by Okoroawusa: 7:58pm On Mar 24
Whether he was a coup plotter or not,he is part of Sierra Leone's history n they should do right by him.He doesn't deserve the life he is currently leading.I hate small countries.


His story is quite fascinating.Reminds one of that nursery rhyme "Solomon Grundy"...Born on Monday, christianed on Tuesday bla...bla...bla

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Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by ruggedtimi(m): 8:41pm On Mar 24
things happen for africa from 1960-1999

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Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by ariketalks: 3:30am On Mar 26
Okoroawusa:
Whether he was a coup plotter or not,he is part of Sierra Leone's history n they should do right by him.He doesn't deserve the life he is currently leading.I hate small countries.


His story is quite fascinating.Reminds one of that nursery rhyme "Solomon Grundy"...Born on Monday, christianed on Tuesday bla...bla...bla
Married on Wednesday.
Took ill on Thursday.
Worse on Friday.
Died on Saturday.
Buried on Sunday.
This is the end of Solomon Grundy
cheesy

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Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by Optional09: 3:47am On Mar 26
id911:
If he were to come from Nigeria, he can never ever be poor as Ex-Head of State whether he stole while in power or not. Go and check what this country is paying all past Nigerian leaders monthly or yearly as the case may be including coup plotters that committed treason by subverting the mandate of the people.

Nigeria is probably the only country in the world that pay coup plotters in the name of being Ex-Head of States. Useless country
for example BUHARI now turned BOKO.HARI
!

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Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by BafanaBafana: 5:24am On Mar 26
Funny. He should at least have some connections. He can't tell me he doesn't know someone, who knows someone.
Las las he can go into acting movies.

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Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by yuanexchanger: 5:29am On Mar 26
Life is very unpredictable.

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Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by helinues: 5:31am On Mar 26
Power, money and fame are not for weak ones...

Funniest part, majority will read for reading sake without reflecting on the reality.

Learning biggerly

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Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by DBossNG(m): 9:10am On Mar 26
Hmm.....
Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by Sweetcollins: 9:11am On Mar 26
His life his choice
Nice lesson to black heads

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Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by Ekenem123: 9:11am On Mar 26
Have any one written his or her brisin exam?
Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by CunnyLinguist: 9:12am On Mar 26
angry
Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by candlewax: 9:12am On Mar 26
arent there provisions for former head of state over there?

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Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by id4sho(m): 9:12am On Mar 26
That's how present MODs will be banned on a regular basis by next MODERATORS.
mtchewwwwww

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Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by peteruuu(m): 9:12am On Mar 26
Life......................
Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by jericco1(m): 9:12am On Mar 26
the consequences of falling from grace to grass
Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by mysticgal(f): 9:12am On Mar 26
problem I have with people who touch money is that they forget about the future...money has wings you know

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Re: Valentine Strasser, From Ex-Head Of State To Pauper: Youngest West Africa Leader by Englishgold: 9:13am On Mar 26
Only outside Nigeria would such take place.

God please give us freedom....

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