Who was the first executive president of Nigeria

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    What do you know about the first executive president of Nigeria?


    The first executive president of Nigeria was Alhaji Shehu Aliyu Shagari

    He was born on 25th February 1925 in Shagari Sokoto State to the family of Magajin Shagari.
    He became the first executive president of Nigeria marking the beginning of the second republic and the 6th head of state since independence.
    The vice president was Alex Ekwueme.
    He belonged to the National Party of Nigeria.
    Prior to becoming the head of state, he was an experienced politician who had served in a few ministerial positions in previous government.
    In terms of infrastructural developments and other national projects, Shagari’s government has carried out the most projects to be carried out by a single head of state.
    His government was bent towards the industrialization of Nigeria.
    Despite this, it was widely believed to be ravaged with corruption, an issue that buhari used to stage a coupe against the Shagari led administration in 1983.
    It was a palace coupe which led to the ascension of General Buhari.
    Shehu Shagari died in 28 December 2018 at the age of 93.


    Shehu Shagari was the first executive president of Nigeria, serving from 1979 to 1983. He was born on February 25, 1925 in Shagari, Sokoto State, Nigeria. Shagari received his education at Kaduna College and later went on to attend Ahmadu Bello University, where he studied economics and political science.

    After completing his studies, Shagari became involved in politics and was elected to the Federal House of Representatives in 1954. He later served as a minister in the government of Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa and was appointed as the Federal Commissioner for Economic Development, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction.

    In 1979, Shagari was elected as the president of Nigeria in a landslide victory. During his presidency, he focused on improving the country’s infrastructure and developing its economy. He also worked to promote unity and stability within the country, which had previously been plagued by political and social unrest.

    However, Shagari’s presidency was not without controversy. He faced criticism for his handling of the country’s economic issues and was accused of corruption. In 1983, the military, led by General Muhammadu Buhari, overthrew the government in a coup and Shagari was arrested and imprisoned.

    Despite the challenges he faced, Shagari is remembered as a dedicated leader who worked to improve the lives of the Nigerian people. He died on December 28, 2018 at the age of 93.

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