In this article, I’ll share with you the list of every notable men who have at one time been the President of Nigeria. You’ll find information about the Names and pictures of Nigerian president from 1960 till dateThe first president of NigeriaWho is the current vice president of NigeriaWho was the first civilian president of Nigeria and more. In 1979, under the 1979 Constitution, the President gained executive powers, becoming head of both state and government. Since 1994, under the 1993 Constitution and the current 1999 Constitution, the head of state and government has been called the President.
Without wasting much of your time below are the full list of Nigerian Presidents and Leaders from 1960 till Date but before I start I want you to know that they are about 16 Presidents and leaders who have ruled Nigeria from 1960 till date.
1. SIR ABUBAKAR TAFAWA BALEWA
He was the first prime minister of the first republic between October 1st, 1960 to January 15th, 1966, he was born in the year 1912 and died in the year 1966.
Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe was the first president on October 1st, 1960 to 15th January 1966, he was born in the year 1904 and died in may 11th 1996. He was the head of state from October 1, 1963, until he was removed from power, with his colleagues in January 15, 1966, military coup. He was president from 1st Oct 1963- 16th Jan 1966.
3. GENERAL J.T.U AGUIYI IRONSI
He was the first military head of state from January 15th, 1966 to July 29th, 1966. Aguiyi Ironsi became the first military head of state on 17th Jan 1966 until 29th July 1966 when a group of northern army rebelled against the government and assassinated him alongside Adekunle Fajuyi in the bloody July counter-coup.
4. GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON
General Yakubu Gowon was the second military head of state between 1966 and 1975 and was born in the year 1934. He became the third President of Nigeria at the age of 32 after Major General Aguyi Ironsi was overthrown and assassinated. He was born on 19th October 1934.
5. GENERAL MURTALA MOHAMMED
The General was born to Risqua Mohammed on the 8th of November 1938. He obtained his school certificate in 1957 from a government college now called Barewa College. He took power as the military head of state on 29th July 1975. While in office, he made plans and announced that in the future, the federal capital territory would be moved from Lagos to a federal capital territory in Abuja. He was the third military head of state between 29th July 1975 to February 13th, 1976, he was born in the year 1938 and died on 13th February 1976. He ruled during the deadly Nigerian Civil War, which resulted in the death of 3 million people, most which were civilians. He took power after the 1966 Nigerian counter-coup and was overthrown in the 1975 Nigerian coup d'état.
6. GENERAL OLUSEGUN OBASANJO
Obasanjo was the fourth military head of state between 1976 to 1979, he was born in the year 1937. Obasanjo has been described as one of the great figures of the second generation of post-colonial African leaders. He received praise both for overseeing Nigeria's transition to representative democracy in the 1970s and for his Pan-African efforts to encourage cooperation across the continent. Critics accused him of corruption and of overseeing human rights abuses, as well as focusing on his avoidance of constitutional norms and their perception that he became too interested in power during his presidency.
7. ALHAJI SHEHU SHAGARI
Shehu Shagari, another one-time Nigerian president was born on 25th February 1925 in a Northern Shagari village to his father Aliyu in Sokoto state. He attended teachers training college in Zaria, Kaduna state. He was the first president of Nigeria’s second republic.
8. GENERAL MUHAMMADU BUHARI
General Muhammadu Buhari was born on 17th December 1942 to a Fulani family of Chief Hardo Adamu in Daura, katsina state. In my own opinion, amidst all the Nigerian presidents, Buhari’s regime curbed Nigerians more. You can testify to that in his present rain as Nigerian President under APC political party.
9. GENERAL IBRAHIM BABANGIDA
General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (born 17 August 1941) popularly known as IBB, is a Nigerian statesman and military general who served as military President of Nigeria from 1985 until his resignation in 1993. He also served as the Chief of Army Staff from January 1984 to August 1985. Babangida rose through the ranks in the military and fought during the Nigerian Civil War, he has been a key plotter of military coups in Nigeria.
10. CHIEF ERNEST SHONEKAN
Oloye Ernest Adegunle Oladeinde Shonekan (born 9 May 1936) is a Nigerian statesman, nobleman, lawyer and businessman who was appointed the interim President of Nigeria by General Ibrahim Babangida on 26 August 1993. Babangida resigned due to the annulment of the 1993 Nigerian presidential election. Prior to his political career, Shonekan was the chairman and chief executive of the United African Company of Nigeria, a large Nigerian conglomerate, which at the time was the largest African-controlled company in Sub-Saharan Africa.
11. GENERAL SANI ABACHA
Another person on my list of Nigerian presidents that ever ruled this country is General Sani Abacha. He was born 20th September 1943 in Kano. He attended Military Training College after which he served in the military from 1963 to 1998. In 1990, he became the first Nigerian soldier to attain the rank of a full general without skipping a single rank.
12. GENERAL ABULSALAM ABUBAKAR
He was born on 13th June 1942 to his father Abubakar Jibrin in Minna. He studied at Kaduna Technical College. He served in Nigerian Air force for 3 years and served for 33 years in the Nigerian Army. He released Obasanjo from prison on 15th June 1998 and after assuming office, he promised to hold elections and transfer power to the elected president.
13. CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO
Chief Olusegun Matthew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR, born 5 March 1937) is a Nigerian military and political leader who served as military head of state from 1976 to 1979 and later as President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. Ideologically a Nigerian nationalist, he was a member of the People's Democratic Party. President Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime was full of activities. To mention a few, he established the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to tackle human and ecological issues in the Niger Delta region of Southern Nigeria.
14. ALHAJI UMARU MUSA YAR' ADUA
Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (16 August 1951 – 5 May 2010) was the President of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010. He previously served as the Governor of Katsina from 1999 to 2007. He was declared the winner of the controversial Nigerian presidential election held on 21 April 2007, and was sworn in on 29 May 2007. He was a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). In 2009, Yar'Adua left for Saudi Arabia to receive treatment for pericarditis. He returned to Nigeria on 24 February 2010, where he died on 5 May.
15. GOODLUCK JONATHAN
Goodluck Jonathan was the national president between May 6, 2010, and 2015, he was the vice president and later became the national president after the death of Yar' Adua and again contested in 2011 and won the presidential election. He became the first civilian deputy governor of Bayelsa state on May 29, 1999 after which he was re-elected with the Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha in 2004.
16. MUHAMMADU BUHARI
Muhammadu Buhari GCFR (born 17 December 1942) is a Nigerian politician currently serving as the President of Nigeria, in office since 2015. Buhari is a retired military general of the Nigerian Army and previously served as military head of state from 1983 to 1985, after taking power in a military coup d'état. The term Buharism is ascribed to the conservative right wing policies of his military regime. Buhari has stated that he takes responsibility for anything over which he presided during his military rule, and that he cannot change the past. He has described himself as a "converted democrat".
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