How well do you know your country and all its rulers ?
With the 2023 presidential elections around the corner, here are a few random facts about Nigeria’s leadership (Nigerian Presidents) you prabably didn’t know:
1. Nigeria has had 14 presidents and heads of states since independence in 1960.
However none of the Heads of state or Presidents has been born after 1960.
2. President Olusegun Obasanjo is the only Nigerian ruler to lose a wife while in office.
He is also one of the two presidents who ruled Nigeria during the military regime and as civilians.
President Muhammad Buhari is the second president to do that.
3. In 1979, Shehu Shagari succeeded Obasanjo after his Military regime.
President Yar’Adua succeeded him in 2007 after his Civilian presidential tenure.
Both rulers never completed their tenure.
4. President Umar Musa Yar’Adua was the first elected Nigerian president to die in office.
5. President Goodluck Jonathan is the first vice president to become President after a death.
However, when General Murtala Muhammed was assasinated in 1967, he was succeeded by the Chief of Staff, Supreme HQ Olusegun Obasanjo.
6. President Jonathan is also the first and only incumbent President to lose an election in Nigeria.
7. Nigeria had no leader for three days from July 29 1966 – August 1, 1966.
8. Obasanjo and Buhari are the only two heads of state to divorce their wives.
After three years of detention by General Ibrahim Babaginda, one of Buhari’s first acts after his release was divorcing his ex-wife, Safinatu.
9. President Buhari and Obasanjo are also the only Nigerian presidents without a teaching experience before their rule.
10. General Yakubu Gowon is the longest reigning Nigerian head of state.
His rule was uninterrupted for 9 years.
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