List of Military Heads of State of Nigeria (with pictures)

On the 15th of January, 1966, Nigeria had her first coup d’état which ushered in her military era. Below are the heads of states of Nigeria from 1966 till 1999.

1. Major-General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi (January 16, 1966 – July 12, 1966) 177 days

Aguiyi Ironsi

2. General Yakubu Gowon (August 1, 1966 – July 29, 1975) 8 years, 362 days

Yakubu Gowon

3. General Murtala Mohammed (July 29, 1975 – February 13, 1976) 199 days

Murtala Muhammed

4. Major-General Olusegun Obasanjo (February 13, 1976 – October 1, 1979) 3 years, 258 days

Olusegun Obasanjo

5. Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (December 31, 1983 – August 27, 1985) 1 year, 239 days

Muhammadu Buhari

6. General Ibrahim Babangida
(August 27, 1985 –  August 26, 1993) 7 years, 364 days

Ibrahim Babangida

7. General Sani Abacha  (November 17,1993 – June 8, 1998) 4 years, 203 days

Sani Abacha

8. General Abdulsalami Abubakar
(June 8, 1998 – May 29, 1999) 355 days 

Abubakar Abdulsalam

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6 thoughts on “List of Military Heads of State of Nigeria (with pictures)

  1. Thank you so very much for this.
    I have a theory that these head of states were too young to give our nation the kind of leadership it deserved hence our current situation. It will be interesting to know how young they actually were when they started to lead.

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