Leaders of Nigeria
(Federal Republic of Nigeria)
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Note: from the independence (October 1, 1960) to the proclamation of the Republic (October 1, 1963), the head of the State was the British monarch (Queen Elizabeth II), being represented by a Governor-General.

Parties: ACN: Action Congress of Nigeria APC: All Progressives Congress; NCNC: National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons; NPN: National Party of Nigeria; PDP: People's Democratic Party; NPC: Northern People's Congress; n/p: non-party


Heads of State
Governors-General
James Wilson Robertson  15 Jun 1955 - 16 Nov 1960 (+1983) n/p
Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe  1 Oct 1960 -  1 Oct 1963 (+1996) NCNC 

President of the Republic
Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe  1 Oct 1963 - 16 Jan 1966 (+1996) NCNC

Heads of the Military Government
Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi   16 Jan 1966 - 29 Jul 1966 (+1966) military 
Yakubu Gowon             1 Aug 1966 - 29 Jul 1975         military  
Murtala Ramat Mohammed  29 Jul 1975 - 13 Feb 1976 (+1976) military 
Olusegun Obasanjo       14 Feb 1976 -  1 Oct 1979         military

President of the Republic 
Shehu Shagari            1 Oct 1979 - 31 Dec 1983         NPN 

Head of the Federal Military Government
Muhammadu Buhari        31 Dec 1983 - 27 Aug 1985         military

Chairman of the Armed Forces Ruling Council
Ibrahim Babangida       27 Aug 1985 -  4 Jan 1993         military

Chairman of the National Defence and Security Council
Ibrahim Babangida        4 Jan 1993 - 26 Aug 1993         military

Head of the Interim National Government
Ernest Shonekan         26 Aug 1993 - 17 Nov 1993         n/p

Chairmen of the Provisional Ruling Council
Sani Abacha             17 Nov 1993 -  8 Jun 1998 (+1998) military
Abdulsalam Abubakar      9 Jun 1998 - 29 May 1999         military

Presidents of the Republic
Olusegun Obasanjo       29 May 1999 - 29 May 2007         PDP  
Umaru Musa Yar'Adua     29 May 2007 -  5 May 2010 (+2010) PDP
Goodluck Jonathan        5 May 2010 - 29 May 2015         PDP (acting to 6 May, for Yar'Adua from 9 Feb 2010)
Muhammadu Buhari        29 May 2015 -                     APC

Heads of Government
Prime Minister
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa  30 Aug 1957 - 15 Jan 1966 (+1966) NPC

Head of the Transitional Council
Ernest Shonekan          4 Jan 1993 - 26 Aug 1993         n/p

Head of the Interim National Government
Ernest Shonekan         26 Aug 1993 - 17 Nov 1993         n/p

Vice Presidens of the Republic
Babafemi Ogundipe          1966      (+1971) military (de facto)
Joseph Edet Akinwale Wey   1966-1975 (+1990) military (de facto)
Olusegun Obasanjo          1975-1976         military (de facto)
Shehu Musa Yar'Adua        1976-1979 (+1997) military (de facto)
Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme 1979-1983         NPN
Babatunde Idiagbon         1983-1985 (+1999) military (de facto)
Okoh Ebitu Ukiwe           1985-1986         military (de facto)
Augustus Akhabue Aikhomu   1986-1993 (+2011) military (de facto)
Donaldson Oladipo Diya     1993-1997         military (de facto)
Mike Okhai Akhigbe         1997-1999 (+2013) military (de facto)
Atiku Abubakar             1999-2007         PDP, ACN
Goodluck Jonathan          2007-2010         PDP
Muhammad Namadi Sambo      2010-2015         PDP
Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo   2015-             APC

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