List of All Nigeria’s Leaders Past and Present

This is a list of all Nigerian president, Governor general and head of state, starting from the time Nigeria was created by Lord Lugard.

This list includes colonial’s leaders, civilian leaders and military leaders too.

1. Lord Frederick Lugard – 1st Governor-General of Nigeria (1914 – 1919)

2. Sir. Hugh Clifford – 2nd Governor-General of Nigeria (1914 – 1925)

3. Sir. Graham Thompson – 3rd Governor General of Nigeria (1925 – 1931)

4. Sir. Donald Cameron – 4th Governor General of Nigeria (1931 – 1935)

5. Sir Bernard Bourdillon 5th Governor General of Nigeria (1935 – 1943)

6. Sir Arthur Richards – 6th Governor-General (1943 – 1948)

7. Sir John Macpherson – 7th Governor-General (1948 – 1954)

8. Sir James Robertson – 8th Governor-General (1954-1960)

9. Rt Hon Dr.Nnanmdi Azikiwe – President and Head of State (1960-1966)

10. Alhaji (Sir) Abubakar Tafawa Balewa – Prime Minister and Head of Government (1960 – 1966)

11. Major General J.T.U Aguiyi Ironsi – Head of State (January 15,1966 – July 29, 1966)

12. General Yakubu Gowon – Head of State (July 29, 1966 – July 29, 1975)

13. General Murtala Ramat Mohammed – Head of State (July 29, 1966 – February 13, 1976)

14. General Olusegun Obasanjo – Head of State (February 13, 1976 – October 1, 1979)

15. Alhaji Shehu Aliyu Usman Shagari – President (October 1, 1979 – December 31, 1983)

16. Major General Muhammadu Buhari – Head of State (December 31, 1983 – August 27, 1985)

17. General Ibrahim B. Babangida – President (August 27, 1985 – August 25, 1993)

18. Chief Ernest Shonekan – Head of State (August 25, 1994 – November 17, 1993)

19. General Sani Abacha – Head of State (November 17, 1993 – June 8, 1998)

20. Gen. A.A Abubakar – Head of State (June 8, 1998 – May 29, 1999)

21. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo – President (May 29, 1999 – 29 May 2007)

22. Umaru Musa Yar’adua – President (29 May 2007 – 5 May 2010)

23. Goodluck Jonathan – President (9 Feb 2010 – 29 May 2015. Acting for Yar’Adua to 5 May 2010)

24. Muhammadu Buhari – President (29 May 2015 – till date)

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