First Lady of Nigeria

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First Lady of Nigeria
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Incumbent
Aisha Muhammadu Buhari

since 29 May 2015
Inaugural holder Flora Azikiwe
Formation 1963

The First Lady of Nigeria is the title of the wife of the President of Nigeria. The current First Lady is Aisha Muhammadu Buhari who has held the title since 29 May 2015.[1]

The Constitution of Nigeria does not create an office for the country's First Lady or potential First Gentleman.[1] However, official funding and staff have been allocated to the First Lady of Nigeria since the country's independence.[1] The First Lady is addressed by the title, Her Excellency.[1]

Stella Obasanjo is the only Nigerian First Lady to have died in office.[1]

First Ladies of Nigeria[edit]

Name Term Begins Term Ends President or Head of State
Flora Azikiwe[1] 1 October 1963 16 January 1966 Nnamdi Azikiwe
Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi[1] 16 January 1966 29 July 1966 Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi
Victoria Gowon[1] 1 August 1966 29 July 1975 Yakubu Gowon
Ajoke Mohammed[1] 29 July 1975 13 February 1976 Murtala Mohammed
Esther Oluremi Obasanjo[1] 13 February 1976 1 October 1979 Olusegun Obasanjo
No First Lady, polygamist with many wives[1] 1 October 1979 31 December 1983 Shehu Shagari
Safinatu Buhari[1] 31 December 1983 27 August 1985 Muhammadu Buhari
Maryam Babangida[1] 27 August 1985 26 August 1993 Ibrahim Babangida
Margaret Shonekan[1] 26 August 1993 17 November 1993 Ernest Shonekan
Maryam Abacha[1] 17 November 1993 8 June 1998 Sani Abacha
Fati Lami Abubakar 8 June 1998 29 May 1999 Abdulsalami Abubakar
Stella Obasanjo 29 May 1999 23 October 2005 (Died in office)[1] Olusegun Obasanjo
Office vacant 23 October 2005 29 May 2007 Olusegun Obasanjo
Turai Yar'Adua[1] 29 May 2007 9 February 2010 Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
Patience Jonathan (acting) 9 February 2010 6 May 2010 Goodluck Jonathan (acting)
Patience Jonathan 6 May 2010 29 May 2015 Goodluck Jonathan
Aisha Muhammadu Buhari 29 May 2015 Present Muhammadu Buhari

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Okon-Ekong, Nseobong (2010-10-02). "Nigeria: First Ladies - Colourful Brilliance, Gaudy Rays". Thisday (AllAfrica.com). Archived from the original on 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2012-07-26.