List of Nigerian Presidents till date

Since Nigeria gained independence, Nigeria has had series of leaders. The list of Nigerian leaders as compiled by contents101 is comprised of both the Presidents and the military Heads of State till date.

Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe was the first elected president of Nigeria while Alhaji Tafawa Balewa was the first Prime Minister.

Olusegun Obasanjo and Mohammadu Buhari are the two Nigerian leaders who ruled both as military Head of State and Civilian President.

The Office of the President of Nigeria is the Head of State and Head of Government in Nigeria. It’s a two four-year term. To be eligible to run for President, you must be;

  • A Nigerian citizen by birth
  • Must be upto 35 years of age
  • Must be a member of a political party
  • Must be sponsored by a political party
  • Must be educated upto Secondary School Certificate level.
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Here are a list of Nigerian Presidents and Heads of State till date

List of Nigerian Leaders from 1960 till date

Time in office

Name

Position

First Republic

1960-1966

Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe

President

Military Rule

1966

Major-General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi

Head of State

1966-1975

Gen Yakubu Gowon

Head of State

1975-1976

General Murtala Mohammed

Head of State

1976-1979

General Olusegun Obasanjo

Head of State

Second Republic

1979-1983

Alhaji Shehu Shagari

President

Military Rule

1983-1985

General Mohammadu Buhari

Head of State

1985-1993

General Ibrahim Babangida

Head of State

Third Republic

1993

Ernest Shonekan

Interim Government

1993-1998

General Sani Abacha

Head of State

1998-1999

General Abdulsalami Abubakar

Head of State

Fourth Republic

1999-2007

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

President

2007-2010

Umaru Musa Yar’Adua

President

2010-2015

Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

President

2015-Till Date

Mohammadu Buhari

President

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