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Nigeria
 
 
Nigeria, coat of arms
     Adopted 1960
 
 
01 Jul 1849               Bight of Biafra a British protectorate
01 Feb 1852               Bight of Benin a British protectorate
01 Jan 1900               British Nigerian colonies
01 Jan 1914 - 30 Sep 1960 Nigeria colony
01 Oct 1954 - 30 Sep 1960 Federation of Nigeria
01 Oct 1960 - 30 Sep 1963 Independence, Dominion of Nigeria
01 Oct 1963 - 24 May 1966 Fereral Republic of Nigeria
24 May 1966               Republic of Nigeria
31 Aug 1966 -             Federal Republic of Nigeria
30 May 1967 - 12 Jan 1970 Secession of Biafra (not recognised)
 
Governor-general
16 Nov 1960 - 01 Oct 1963 Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe ..................... 1904-1996
President
01 Oct 1963 - 16 Jan 1966 Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe
Heads of the Military Government
16 Jan      - 29 Jul 1966 Johnson Thomas Umurakwe Aguiyi Ironsi ....... 1924-1966
29 Jul 1966 - 29 Jul 1975 Yakubu Dan-Yumma Gowon ...................... 1934-
29 Jul 1975 - 13 Feb 1976 Murtala Ramat Mohammad ...................... 1938-1976
13 Feb 1976 - 30 Sep 1979 Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Obasanjo
President 
01 Oct 1979 - 31 Dec 1983 Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari ............ 1925-
Chairmen of the Supreme Military Council
31 Dec 1983 - 27 Aug 1985 Mohammadu Buhari ............................ 1942-
27 Aug 1985 - 26 Aug 1993 Ibrahim Badamsi Babangida ................... 1941-
Interim President
26 Aug      - 17 Nov 1993 Ernest Adegunle Oladeinde Shonekan .......... 1936-
Chairmen of the Provisional Ruling Council
17 Nov 1993 - 08 Jun 1998 Ogagun Sani Abacha .......................... 1943-1998
08 Jun 1998 - 29 May 1999 Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar ................. 1942-
Presidents
29 May 1999 - 29 May 2007 Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Obasanjo ............ 1947-
29 May 2007 - 05 May 2010 Umaru Musa Yar'Adua ......................... 1951-2010
05 May 2010 -             Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Johnathan ............ 1957-
 
Prime Ministers
30 Aug 1952 - 30 Sep 1954 Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe
30 Aug 1957 - 16 Jan 1966 Abubakar Tafawa Balewa ...................... 1912-1966
16 Jan      - 17 Jan 1966 Zanna Bukar Dipcharima ...................... 1917-1969
04 Jan      - 26 Aug 1993 Ernest Adegunle Oladeinda Shonekan

 
Biafra
 
 
30 May 1967               Independence proclaimed
12 Jan 1970               Reintegrated into Nigeria
 
Heads of State
30 May 1967 - 08 Jan 1970 Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu ................. 1933-2011
08 Jan      - 12 Jan 1970 Philip Effiong .............................. 1925-2003

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