As we turn 53 as an independent country, let’s go down memory lane and recall our leaders so far….
From 1st October, 1960 to 1st October, 1963 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Nigeria represented by:-
•Sir James Wilson Robertson, Governor-General
1st October 1960 to 16th November 1960
•Nnamdi Azikiwe, Governor-General and Commander-in-chief
16th November 1960 to 1st October 1963
SIR ABUBAKAR TAFAWA BALEWA
The Prime Minister of the First Republic between October 1st 1960 – January 15th, 1966.
He was born in the year 1912 and died in the year 1966.
DR. NNAMDI AZIKIWE
The First President and Commander-in-chief under NCNC (National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons) between October 1st 1963 – January 15th 1966.
He was born in the year 1904 and died On May 11, 1996.
GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON
The Second Military Head of State between 1966 – 1975.
He was born in the year 1934.
GENERAL MURTALA MOHAMMED
The Third Military Head of State between 29th July 1975 – February 13, 1976.
He was born in the year 1938 and died in February 13, 1976. (Assassinated)
GENERAL OLUSEGUN OBANSANJO
The Fourth Military Head of State between 1976 – 1979 (1st term); He returned power to civilian government
He was born in the year 1937.
ALHAJI SHEHU SHAGARI
The First Executive President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
between 1st Oct. 1979 – 3rd December 1983 under NPN – National Party of Nigeria
He was born in the year 1925.
GENERAL MUHAMMADU BUHARI
Head of State between 1983 – 1985, under military rule.
He was born on Dec. 17, 1942.
GENERAL IBRAHIM BADAMASI BABANGIDA
The Nigeria Military President between 27 Aug., 1985 – 26 Aug., 1993.(Resigned)
He was born in the year 1941.
CHIEF ERNEST SHONEKAN
Interim Head State under ‘no party’ between 26th August, 1993 – 17th Nov., 1993.
GENERAL SANI ABACHA
The Head of State between 19th November, 1993 – 8th June, 1998 under military rule.
He was born in the year 1943 and died on June 8, 1998.
(Died in office)
GENERAL ABDULSALAM ABUBAKAR
The Head of State as from June 8, 1998 – May 29, 1999. His military rule transitioned to civilian rule
He was born in the year 1942.
CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO
The National President of Nigeria between May 29,1999 – May 29, 2007. (2nd term) under PDP – People’s Democratic Party
ALHAJI UMARU MUSA YAR’ADU
The National President from May 29, 2007 till May 5, 2010, under PDP – People’s Democratic Party. He died in office at the of 59.
The National president from May 6, 2010 till date He was the Vice President and became
the Acting President. He later became the President after the death of Yar’adua, and afterwards
Contested and won the 2011 Presidential elections.