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List of Past Leaders of Nigeria

From 1914 to 1960, the Sovereign of Britain was the Leader of Nigeria. At the point when it acquired its freedom in 1960, a native Nigerian president started to govern the country.

In this article, find out about the leaders of Nigeria since its autonomy in 1960.

List of past Leaders of Nigeria:

Nigeria acquired freedom from Extraordinary England in 1960. Alhaj Abubakar Tafawa Barewa turned into Nigeria's State head and drove the nation in its initial establishing stages.

Every president has an alternate vision for the country. However, all offer a commitment to making Nigeria a superior spot for its kin. The ongoing president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinub, is supposed to proceed with the advancement accomplished up until this point and empower Nigeria to arrive at its maximum capacity later.

State head Abubakar Tafawa Barewa (1960-1963):

Abubakar Tafawa Barewa was brought into the world in Bauchi State in December 1912.

Just a single individual throughout the entire existence of Nigeria has gotten the title of state head and that individual is Barewa. In the list of every Nigerian president, he positions first.

In 1952, Balewa officially showed up in the Nigerian government, first as a Clergyman of Design and afterward as Priest of Transport.

He was chosen top state leader in 1957 and shaped an alliance government with Cameroon, the Nigerian Public Board, and the Public Nation's Congress. He stood firm on a vital foothold during the period when Nigeria was changing from pilgrim to native rule.

His heritage was made through ethnic participation and compromise in other African nations. After numerous years, the English regal family at long last surrendered its frontier powers.

Sir Abubakar Tafawa administered Nigeria from 1960 to 1963 as the main State leader close by Sovereign Elizabeth II. Around then, Nigeria turned into a republic.

President Nunamdi Azikiwe (1963-1966):

When Nigeria turned into an autonomous republic, Azikiwe turned into its most memorable president. From that point forward, Nigeria has cut off its binds with England.

Nunamudi Azikiwe was brought into the world on January 16, 1904. He is most popular for advancing present-day African and Nigerian patriotism. He is from Nunewi, Anambra State.

After an effective vocation in the distributing business, he entered legislative issues, working with Sir Herbert Macaulay to lay out the Public Chamber of Nigeria (NCNC), which ultimately changed its name to the Nigerian Public Committee.

Nunamudi Azikiwe was chosen for the Nigerian Authoritative Committee in 1947. He started driving the resistance to Obafemi Awolowo's administration in 1951.

He turned into Nigeria's most memorable native president in 1960. It was under his organization that the Constitution of 1963, Nigeria's most memorable government constitution, was declared.

He was in power for a very long time, from 1963 to 1966, preceding being ousted in a tactical upset.

Important General Johnson Agii Aiansi (1966):

Nigeria's most memorable military head of state, Important General Johnson Thomas Agyi Ayansi, was brought into the world in 1924 in Umuahia, Abia.

He then, at that point, enrolled in the Nigerian Armed Forces as a private in 1942. In 1964 he was elevated to important general. He positions third on this list of Nigerian presidents.

Nigerian-conceived military official Agii Ayansi organized the tactical takeover of the Azikiwe government in 1966.

Agii Aiansi powers have sent off an upset. They killed driving figures from northern and western nations, including the primary top state leader, Tafawa Balewa.

After the strife brought about by the 1966 upset, Aiansi turned into the nation's chief.

He was likewise the main Nigerian military president to be killed in an ensuing upset. Youthful soldiers are disappointed with the past upsetting the overthrow.

Agii-Aiansi gave various declarations during his short residency. One of them, known as Announcement of Suspension and Established Change No. 1, suspended the greater part of the arrangements of the Constitution.

However, he never changed the pieces of the Constitution that arranged with the opportunity of articulation, the opportunity of still, small voice, and fundamental basic liberties.

General Yakubu Gowon (1966-1975):

Yakubu Gowon was brought into the world on October 19, 1934, in Kanke, Level State, Nigeria. Gowon is a Nga (Angus) from the Ruhr town, which is currently important for the Kanke civil area of Level state.

After a counterattack against Agii Ayansi, he held onto power forcibly. Not long after dominating, Gowon utilized destructive techniques against the northern Igbo clan. Accordingly, nearly 50,000 individuals passed on.

After threats arrived at a limit in 1967, the Nigerian Nationwide conflict started. His administration was sabotaged by the staggering impacts of the Nigerian nationwide conflict. The fight, otherwise called the Clash of Biafra, killed more than 100,000 troopers and more than 1,000,000 regular citizens.

The Nigerian Nationwide conflict (Biafra War) finished subject to Gowon's authority. He likewise established the Public Youth Administration Corps which presently has 37 guiding camps in the nation and in 12 new states.

He modernized Nigeria, approved framework advancement throughout the nation, and initiated the main public improvement plan.


You presently have a total list ever leaders of Nigeria. From the Head of the State Tafawa Balewa to the main President Nunamdi Azikiwe and the ongoing Awaju Bora Ahmad Tinub, every pioneer has their style and way of dealing with administration.

These driving figures essentially affect this country, both emphatically and adversely. We should recall the activities of our chiefs, no matter what their political connection. These past pioneers made the Nigeria we know and love today. For sure, the tradition of Nigerian presidents is a demonstration of the nation's strength and an update that we should keep on taking a stab at solidarity and progress.



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