List of heads of state of Nigeria

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This is a list of the heads of state of Nigeria, from independence in 1960 to the present day. The President of Nigeria is the current head of state and government.[1]

Monarchy (1960–1963)[change | change source]

Monarch[change | change source]

Queen Reign Royal House Prime Minister
No. Portrait Name
(birth–death)
Start End Duration
1 Queen Elizabeth II 1959.jpg Elizabeth II
(born 1926)
1 October 1960 1 October 1963 3 years Windsor Abubakar Tafawa Balewa

Governor-General

Governor-General Term of office Monarch Prime Minister
No. Portrait Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Sir James Robertson
(1899–1983)
1 October 1960 16 November 1960 46 days Elizabeth II Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
(1912–1966)
2 Nnamdi Azikiwe PC.jpg Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe
(1904–1996)
16 November 1960 1 October 1963 2 years, 319 days Elizabeth II Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
(1912–1966)

Republic (1963–present)[change | change source]

First Republic (1963–1966)[change | change source]

President Term of office Political party Prime Minister
No. Portrait Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Nnamdi Azikiwe PC.jpg Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe
(1904–1996)
1 October 1963 16 January 1966 2 years, 107 days National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
(1912–1966)

Military Government (1966–1979)[change | change source]

Head of state Term of office Military
No. Portrait Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office Time in office
2 Major General
Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi
(1924–1966)
16 January 1966 29 July 1966
(assassinated.)
194 days Federal Military Government
3 General Yakubu Gowon, from ASC Leiden - Rietveld Collection - Nigeria 1970 - 1973 - 01 - 093 New Nigerian newspaper page 7 January 1970. End of the Nigerian civil war with Biafra (cropped).jpg General
Yakubu Gowon
(born 1934)
1 August 1966 29 July 1975
(deposed.)
8 years, 362 days Federal Military Government
4 General
Murtala Mohammed
(1938–1976)
29 July 1975 13 February 1976
(assassinated.)
199 days Federal Military Government
5 Obasanjo 1978.gif Major General
Olusegun Obasanjo
(born 1937)
13 February 1976 1 October 1979
(resigned.)
3 years, 258 days Federal Military Government

Second Republic (1979–1983)[change | change source]

President Elected Term of office Political party
No. Portrait Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office Time in office
6 President Sharari cropped.jpg Alhaji Shehu Shagari
(1925–2018)
1979
1983
1 October 1979 31 December 1983
(deposed.)
4 years, 91 days National Party of Nigeria

Military Government (1983–1993)[change | change source]

Head of state/

President

Term of office Military
No. Portrait Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office Time in office
7 Muhammadu Buhari Portrait Major General
Muhammadu Buhari
(born 1942)
31 December 1983 27 August 1985
(deposed.)
1 year, 239 days Supreme Military Council
8 Ibrahim Babangida Portrait General
Ibrahim Babangida
(born 1941)
27 August 1985 26 August 1993
(resigned.)
7 years, 364 days Armed Forces Ruling Council

Interim National Government (1993)[change | change source]

Interim Head of State Term of office Political party
(at time of start of term)
No. Portrait Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office Time in office
9 Ambassador Bob Dewar with Ernest Shonekan (3509232597) (cropped).jpg Chief Ernest Shonekan
(1936–2022)
26 August 1993 17 November 1993
(deposed.)
83 days Independent

Military Government (1993–1999)[change | change source]

Head of state Term of office Military
No. Portrait Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office Time in office
10 General
Sani Abacha
(1943–1998)
17 November 1993 8 June 1998
(died in office.)
4 years, 203 days Provisional Ruling Council
11 Abdulsalami Abubakar detail DF-SC-02-04323.jpg General
Abdulsalami Abubakar
(born 1942)
8 June 1998 29 May 1999
(resigned.)
355 days Provisional Ruling Council

Fourth Republic (1999–present)[change | change source]

President Elected Term of office Political party
No. Portrait Name Took office Left office Time in office
12 Olusegun Obasanjo DD-SC-07-14396-cropped.jpg Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
(born 1937)
1999
2003
29 May 1999 29 May 2007 8 years People's Democratic Party
13 YarAdua WEF 2008.jpg Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
(1951–2010)
2007 29 May 2007 5 May 2010[2]

(died in office.)

2 years, 341 days People's Democratic Party
14 Goodluck Jonathan World Economic Forum 2013.jpg Dr. Goodluck Jonathan
(born 1957)
2011 5 May 2010 29 May 2015 5 years, 25 days People's Democratic Party
15 Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (cropped).jpg Muhammadu Buhari
(born 1942)
2015
2019
29 May 2015 Incumbent 7 years, 60 days All Progressives Congress

References[change | change source]

  1. "Past Presidents & Heads of State". StateHouse, Federal Republic of Nigeria. Archived from the original on 2017-08-14. Retrieved 2022-01-11.
  2. Goodluck Jonathan was Acting President from 9 February to 5 May 2010