Prime Minister of Nigeria

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Prime Minister of Nigeria
Flag of Nigeria.svg
AppointerGovernor-General of Nigeria (1960–1963)
President of Nigeria (1963–1966; 1993)
Formation1 October 1960
4 January 1993
First holderAbubakar Tafawa Balewa
Final holderErnest Shonekan
Abolished15 January 1966
26 August 1993

The Prime Minister of Nigeria was the head of government of Nigeria from 1960 to 1966.

History of the office[edit]

When Nigeria gained independence from the United Kingdom on 1 October 1960, it originally had a parliamentary constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state.

But in 1963, Nigeria ended its status as a Commonwealth Realm and became a republic. The head of state was the President, while the Prime Minister served as the head of government. In 1966, the office of prime minister was abolished (as the inaugural holder of the office, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa had been assassinated) and since then, Nigeria has been a Presidential republic with the President as the head of state and head of government.

Prime Minister of Nigeria (1960–1966)[edit]


  Northern People's Congress

# Picture Name
Took office Left office Political Party
Prime Minister of the Federation of Nigeria
1 Balewa.jpg Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
1 October 1960 1 October 1963 Northern People's Congress
Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
(1) Balewa.jpg Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
1 October 1963 15 January 1966
Northern People's Congress
Post abolished (15 January 1966 – 4 January 1993)
2 Ambassador Bob Dewar with Ernest Shonekan (3509232597) (cropped).jpg Ernest Shonekan
4 January 1993 26 August 1993 Independent
Post abolished (26 August 1993 – Present)

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