Presidents and Head of State of Nigeria

List of Presidents and Head of State of Nigeria

Presidents and Head of State of Nigeria

NoPresident/Head of StateEnter OfficeLeft OfficeTenureParty
1Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe1 October 196316 January 19662 years, 107 daysNational Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons
2Major General
Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi
(1924–1966)
16 January 196629 July 1966
(assassinated.)
194 daysFederal Military Government
3General
Yakubu Gowon
(born 1934)
1 August 196629 July 1975
(deposed.)
8 years, 362 daysFederal Military Government
4General
Murtala Mohammed
(1938–1976)
29 July 197513 February 1976
(assassinated.)
199 daysFederal Military Government
5Major General
Olusegun Obasanjo
(born 1937)
13 February 19761 October 1979
(resigned.)
3 years, 258 daysFederal Military Government
6Alhaji Shehu Shagari
(1925–2018)
1 October 197931 December 1983
(deposed.)
4 years, 91 daysNational Party of Nigeria
7Major General
Muhammadu Buhari
(born 1942)
31 December 198327 August 1985
(deposed.)
1 year, 239 daysSupreme Military Council
8General
Ibrahim Babangida
(born 1941)
27 August 198526 August 1993
(resigned.)

7 years, 364 days  
Armed Forces Ruling Council
9Chief Ernest Shonekan
(born 1936)
26 August 199317 November 1993
(deposed.)
83 days
Independent  
10General
Sani Abacha
(1943–1998)
17 November 19938 June 1998
(died in office.)
4 years, 203 daysProvisional Ruling Council
11General
Abdulsalami Abubakar
(born 1942)
8 June 199829 May 1999
(resigned.)
355 daysProvisional Ruling Council
12Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
(born 1937)
29 May 199929 May 20078 yearsPeople’s Democratic Party
13Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua
(1951–2010)
29 May 20075 May 2010[2] (died in office.)  2 years, 341 days
People’s Democratic Party  
14Dr. Goodluck Jonathan
(born 1957)
5 May 201029 May 20155 years, 25 daysPeople’s Democratic Party
15Muhammadu Buhari
(born 1942)
29 May 2015Incumbent6 years, 91 days
All Progressives Congress  
Updated: 29/08/2021
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