Quotes: Idi Amin Dada

President of Uganda from 25 January 1971 to 13 April 1979.

President Idi Amin
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"I am not a politician but a professional soldier. I am, therefore, a man of few words and I have been brief through my professional career."
Idi Amin, president of Uganda, from his first speech to the Ugandan nation in January 1971.

"Germany is the place where when Hitler was the prime minister and supreme commander, he burned over six million Jews. This is because Hitler and all German people knew that Israelis are not people who are working in the interest of the world and that is why they burned the Israelis alive with gas in the soil of Germany."
Idi Amin, president of Uganda, part of a telegram sent to Kurt Waldheim, UN Secretary-General, and Golda Meir, Israeli premier, on 12 September 1972.

"I am the hero of Africa."
Idi Amin, president of Uganda, as quoted in Newsweek 12 March 1973.

"Sometimes people mistake the way I talk for what I am thinking. I never had any formal education -- not even nursery school certificate. But, sometimes I know more than Ph.D.'s because as a military man I know how to act, I am a man of action."
Idi Amin, president of Uganda, as quoted in Thomas and Margaret Melady's Idi Amin Dada: Hitler in Africa, Kansas City, 1977.

"I do not want to be controlled by any superpower. I myself consider myself the most powerful figure in the world, and that is why I do not let any superpower control me."
Idi Amin, president of Uganda, as quoted in Thomas and Margaret Melady's Idi Amin Dada: Hitler in Africa, Kansas City, 1977.

"His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular."
The titles that Idi Amin, president of Uganda, gave himself, as reported in "A Clown Drenched in Brutality", Sunday Times, 27 July 2003.