Who was the last military ruler in Nigeria?

Name Term/Reign Office
Yakubu Gowon 1966–1975 Military ruler
Olusegun Obasanjo 1976–1979 1999–2007 Military ruler President of Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari 1983–1985 2015–present Military ruler President of Nigeria
Ibrahim Babangida 1985–1993 Military ruler

When was the last military rule in Nigeria?

Military dictatorship in Nigeria

Republic of Nigeria (1966) Federal Republic of Nigeria (1966–1999)
Religion Islam · Christianity · Traditional beliefs
Government Unitary republic under military dictatorship (15 January 1966 – 31 August 1966) Federal republic under military dictatorship (1966–1979; 1983–1999)

Who is the first military leader in Nigeria?

General Aguiyi-Ironsi was named Military Head of State. In July 1966, a group of northern army officers revolted against the government, killed General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, and appointed the army chief of staff, General Yakubu Gowon as the head of the new military government.

Who is the longest serving military head of state in Nigeria?

Consequently, Gowon is the longest serving head of state of Nigeria, ruling for almost nine years until his overthrow in the coup d’état of 1975 by Brigadier Murtala Mohammed.

Yakubu Gowon.

General Yakubu Gowon
Allegiance Nigeria
Branch/service Nigerian Army
Years of service 1954–1975
Rank General

Who ruled Nigeria in 1977?

Living former heads of state

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Name Term/Reign Office
Yakubu Gowon 1966–1975 Military ruler
Olusegun Obasanjo 1976–1979 1999–2007 Military ruler President of Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari 1983–1985 2015–present Military ruler President of Nigeria
Ibrahim Babangida 1985–1993 Military ruler

Who divided Nigeria into 12 states?

General Yakubu Gowon was head of state of Nigeria from August 1966 to July 1975. He reorganized the four regions into twelve states in May 1967.

Who created the first 12 states in Nigeria?

The Creation of States

General Yakubu Gowon created twelve states out of the four regions that existed at that time appointing a governor to head them.

Which state has the smallest local government in Nigeria?

Abia state has 17 Local Government Areas, after being carved out of the former Imo State in 1991. The state now has a population of 2,833,999. The name “Abia” is an abbreviation of four of the state’s densely populated regions Aba, Bende, Isuikwuato, and Afikpo.

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