Nigerian region governors and premiers in the First Republic

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This is a list of Nigerian region governors and premiers in the First Republic (1960 - 1966). Nigeria became independent on 1 October 1960 and became a republic on 1 October 1963. On 16 January 1966 a military coup brought Major General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi to power, terminating the first period of democratic rule. During this period an appointed governor was nominal head of state while an elected premier led the government.

Region Period Governor Premier Notes
Eastern Region Oct 1960 - Jan 1966 Francis Akanu Ibiam Michael Okpara
Mid-Western Region Aug 1963 - Feb 1964 Dennis Osadebay Dennis Osadebay (Administrator) Region created from part of Western Region on 8 August 1963
Feb 1964 - Jan 1966 Jereton Mariere Dennis Osadebay
Northern Region Oct 1960 - 1962 Gawain Westray Bell Ahmadu Bello
1962 - Jan 1966 Kashim Ibrahim
Western Region Oct 1960 - May 1962 Adesoji Aderemi Samuel Akintola
May 1962 - Dec 1962 Adesoji Aderemi Moses Majekodunmi (Administrator) Administrator appointed during political crisis
Jan 1963 - Jan 1966 Joseph Fadahunsi Samuel Akintola

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