As the first Yoruba Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he conducted a peaceful presidential election in 1979 and restored Nigeria to democratic rule with the Second Republic after more than 12 years of military rule.
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On 1 October 1979, Obasanjo handed power to Shehu Shagari, a democratically elected civilian president, hence becoming the first military head of state to transfer power peacefully to a civilian regime in Nigeria. In late
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