Who Was The First Military Head Of State In Nigeria?

Who is the military head of state in Nigeria?

Living former heads of state

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 is the first Nigerian to serve as military and civilian leader?

Olusegun Obasanjo

His Excellency Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR
Branch/service Nigerian Army
Years of service 1958–1979
Rank General
Battles/wars Congo Crisis Nigerian Civil War


Who was the last military president?

The Most Recent President To Experience Combat President Jimmy Carter served aboard submarines and battleships as a Navy Lieutenant and Richard Nixon earned two Service Stars for his work as a Reserve Commander in the U.S. Navy.

Who is the first Nigeria Army general?

Chief of Army Staff

No. Chief of Army Staff Time in office
1 Lieutenant colonel Yakubu Gowon FSS (born 1934) Later military ruler 6 months
2 Lieutenant colonel Joseph Akahan OFR FSS (1937–1968) 1 year
3 Major general Hassan Katsina RCDS, PSC (1933–1995) 2 years, 8 months
4 Major general David Ejoor (1932–2019) 4 years, 6 months


Which state is Aguiyi Ironsi from?

Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi was born into the family of Mazi (Mr.) Ezeugo Aguiyi on the 3rd of March 1924, in Ibeku, Umuahia, located in the present-day Abia State, Nigeria.

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Who started the first coup in Nigeria?

It was masterminded by Lt. Colonel Murtala Muhammed and many northern military officers. The coup began as a mutiny at roughly midnight on July 28, 1966 and was a reaction to the killings of Northern politicians and Officers by some soldiers on January 15, 1966 (see 1966 Nigerian coup d’état).

Who did the first coup in Nigeria?

The 1966 Nigerian coup d’état began on 15 January 1966, when mutinous Nigerian soldiers led by Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu and Emmanuel Ifeajuna killed 22 people including the Prime Minister of Nigeria, many senior politicians, many senior Army officers (including their wives), and sentinels on protective duty.

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