President of Nigeria

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President of Nigeria
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Muhammadu Buhari

since 29 May 2015
StyleMr. President
His Excellency
(diplomatic, outside the U.S.)
ResidenceAso Villa
Term lengthFour years
renewable once
Inaugural holderNnamdi Azikiwe
1 October 1963
Formation1 October 1963
Salary₦3,514,705 ($17,657) annually
WebsiteThe State House Abuja

The President of Nigeria is the head of state and head of the executive of Nigeria. The first President of Nigeria was Nnamdi Azikiwe.[2] The current President is Muhammadu Buhari, since 29 May 2015.[3]

Requirements[change | change source]

The 1999 Constitution of Nigeria of Nigeria sets the requirement. A president must:

  • be a citizen of Nigeria;
  • be at least 40 years old;
  • be a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party.

Powers of the president[change | change source]

These powers include:

  • Appointing ambassadors and diplomatic and consular representatives
  • Approving and signing of bills
  • Conferring honours
  • Receiving and recognising foreign diplomatic and consular representatives
  • Referring a Bill to the Constitutional Court for a decision on the Bill's constitutionality
  • Summoning the National Assembly, or Parliament to an extraordinary sitting to conduct special business

References[change | change source]

  1. "How To Address The President; He Is Not Your Excellency Or Your Honor, But Mr. President". The New York Times. 2 August 1891.
  2. Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Professor Emmanuel Akyeampong; Mr. Steven J. Niven (2 February 2012). Dictionary of African Biography. OUP USA. pp. 314–. ISBN 978-0-19-538207-5.
  3. Smith, David (29 May 2015). "Historic succession complete as Buhari is sworn in as the president of Nigeria" – via

Other websites[change | change source]