List of Presidents/Head of state in Nigeria

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List of Presidents/Head of state in Nigeria.

The list of presidents/Head of state in Nigeria is listed below with tenor duration.

  Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa 1960 – 1966
Chief Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe October 1, 1963 – January 16, 1966
Major General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi Ironsi January 16, 1966 – July 29, 1966
General Yakubu Gowon August 1, 1966 – July 29, 1975
General Murtala Ramat Mohammed July 29, 1975 – February 13, 1976
General Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Matthew Obasanjo February 13, 1976 – October 1, 1979
Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari October 1, 1979 – December 31, 1983
Major-General Muhammadu Buhari December 31, 1983 – August 27, 1985
General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida August 27, 1985 – August 27, 1993
Chief Ernest Adegunle Oladeinde Shonekan August 26, 1993 – November 17, 1993
General Sani Abacha November 17, 1993 – June 8, 1998
General Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar (rtd.) June 9, 1998 – May 29, 1999
General (rtd.) Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Matthew Obasanjo May 29, 1999 – May 29, 2007
Umaru Musa Yar’Adua 29 May 2007 – 5 May 2010
Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan ( Acting President) 9 February 2010 – 6 May 2010
Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan 6 May 2010 – 29 May 2015
Muhammadu Buhari 29 May 2015 – Present

It is worthy of note that, from the list of Presidents/Head of state in Nigeria above, the first head of state of Nigeria was a monarch. After the last colonial ruler called Sir James Robertson (1958- 1960) came the monarch called Queen of Nigeria, Elizabeth II who was represented by Governor-general Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.

Military Rule and Republics.

The Nigeria leadership has undergone four consecutive republics between 1963 till present date. Under these republics, the first, second and third republic was purely military rule while the fourth is civilian rule embracing democracy.

Non-Military That Rule Nigeria in the First and Third Republic.

It is worthy of note that, during the first and third republic which is purely military rule, two civilians emerge as president. The first civilian was Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari (1979 – 1983) who came into power through an election and was handed over to by a military government under the regime of Ger. Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Matthew Obasanjo. This event took place in the second republic of Nigeria.

List of Presidents/Head of state in Nigeria

The second person was Chief Earnest Oladeinde Shoneka (26 August 1993 – 17 November 1993) who came into power by appointment by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida. The civilian rule takes its full force in the fourth republic which begging with Gen (Rrd) Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Matthew Obasanjo.

List of Presidents/Head of state in Nigeria

Number (position) – List of Presidents/Head of state in Nigeria

From the list of leaders above, there are seventeen leaders. However, president Mohammadu Buhari occupies the 15th position in the Nigeria leadership position. Furthermore, many of the leaders, assume the seat twice. Examples of such persons are, Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan and Buhari himself.

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