President of Nigeria

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President of Nigeria
Seal of the President of Nigeria.svg
Muhammadu Buhari - Chatham House.jpg
Incumbent
Muhammadu Buhari

since 29 May 2015
Style Mr. President
(Informal)[1]
(Formal)
His Excellency
(diplomatic, outside the U.S.)
Residence Aso Villa
Abuja
Term length Four years
renewable once
Inaugural holder Nnamdi Azikiwe
October 1, 1963
Formation 1 October 1963
Salary ₦3,514,705 ($17,657) annually
Website The 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

Sources[change | change source]

  1. "How To Address The President; He Is Not Your Excellency Or Your Honor, But Mr. President". The New York Times. August 2, 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. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/29/historic-succession-complete-buhari-sworn-in-nigerian-president

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