Here is a chronological rundown of various leaders that have ruled Nigeria from 1960, the year of its independence to date.
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 between October 1st1960 – January, 15th 1966. He was born in the year 1904 and he died on May 11, 1996.
General J.T.U. Aguiyi-Ironsi
The First Military Head of State between January 15th 1966-July 29th 1966.
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 on 13th February, 1976.
General Olusegun Obansanjo
The Fourth Military Head of State between 1976 and 1979. He was born in the year 1937. One of Obasanjo achievement in Nigeria is his introduction and reformation of Nigeria Local Government system.
Alhaji Shehu Shagari
The First Executive President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between Oct. 1, 1979 – Dec.3, 1983. He was born in the year 1925.
General Muhammed Buhari
Head of State between 1983-1985. He was born on Dec 17, 1942.
General Ibrahim Babangida
The Nigerian Military President between 27 August 1985 – 25 August 1993. He was born in the year1941.
Chief Ernest Shonekon
The Interim President between 26th August 1993 – 17th November 1993.
General Sani Abacha
The Head of State between 19th November 1993 8th June 1998. He was born in the year 1943 and died on June 8, 1998.
General Abdusalami Abubakar
The head of state as from June 8, 1998 – May 29, 1999. He was born in the year 1942.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
The National President of Nigeria between May 29, 1999- May 29, 2007)
Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua
The National President from May 29, 2007, till May, 5,
2010. He died in office at the age of 59.
The National President from May 6, 2010 – 29 May 2015. 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 election.
The Incumbent President from May 2015. He was the military ruler from 1983- 1985 and came back as an elected President after winning the 2015 Presidential election