Vice President of Nigeria

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The Vice President of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Seal of the Vice President of Nigeria.svg
Seal of the Vice President of Nigeria
Yemi Osinbajo

since 29 May 2015
StyleThe Honourable
ResidenceAkinola Aguda House
NominatorPresidential candidate
AppointerDirect popular election
Inaugural holderBabafemi Ogundipe (Military)
Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme (Elected)
Formation16 January 1966
Salary12,126,000 annually[1]

The Vice President of Nigeria is the second-in-command to the President of Nigeria in the Government of Nigeria. Officially styled Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Vice President is elected alongside the President in national elections. The office is currently held by Yemi Osinbajo.


A person shall be eligible for the office of Vice President if he or she is a citizen of Nigeria by birth, at least 40 years of age, is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party'

Oath of office[edit]

The Constitution of Nigeria specifies an oath of office for the Vice President of the federation. The oath is administered by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria or the person for the time being appointed to exercise the functions of that office. It is the same oath recited by Deputy State Governors, Ministers, Commissioners and Special Advisers to the President:

Functions of the Vice President of Nigeria[edit]

The executive functions of the Nigerian vice president includes participation in all cabinet meetings and, by statute, membership in the National Security Council, the National Defence Council, Federal Executive Council, and the Chairman of National Economic Council. Although the vice president may take an active role in establishing policy in the Executive Branch by serving on such committees and councils, the relative power of the Nigerian vice president's office depends upon the duties delegated by the president.

List of Vice Presidents[edit]

Name Head of State/President Inaugurated Left Office Political Party Notes
Babafemi Ogundipe (1924-1971) JTU Aguiyi-Ironsi 16 January 1966 29 July 1966 Military Deposed in a Coup
Joseph Edet Akinwale Wey (1918-1991) Yakubu Gowon 29 July 1966 29 July 1975 Military Deposed in a Coup
Olusegun Obasanjo (1937-) Murtala Muhammed 29 July 1975 13 February 1976 Military Became Head of State after the assassination of Murtala
Shehu Musa Yar'Adua (1943-1997) Olusegun Obasanjo 13 February 1976 30 September 1979 Military Handed over to Civilian Government
Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme (1932-2017) Shehu Shagari 1 October 1979 31 December 1983 National Party of Nigeria Deposed in a Coup
Tunde Idiagbon (1943-1999) Muhammadu Buhari 31 December 1983 27 August 1985 Military Deposed in a Coup
Ebitu Ukiwe (1940-) Ibrahim Babangida 27 August 1985 October 1986 Military Resigned
Augustus Aikhomu (1939-2011) Ibrahim Babangida October 1986 27 August 1993 Military Handed over to interim Government
Oladipo Diya (1944-) Sani Abacha 17 November 1993 21 December 1997 Military Deposed and arrested for attempted Coup
Michael Akhigbe (1946-2013) Abdulsalami Abubakar 9 June 1998 29 May 1999 Military Handed over to Civilian Government
Atiku Abubakar (1946-) Olusegun Obasanjo 29 May 1999 29 May 2007 Peoples Democratic Party Stepped down after expiration of term
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (1957-) Umaru Musa Yaradua 29 May 2007 5 May 2010 Peoples Democratic Party Became President after the death of Yaradua
Namadi Sambo (1954-) Goodluck Ebele Jonathan 19 May 2010 29 May 2015 Peoples Democratic Party Stepped down after expiration of term
Yemi Osinbajo (1957-) Muhammadu Buhari 29 May 2015 All Progressives Congress Incumbent

*Chief of Staff, Supreme HQ; Chief of General Staff, Deputy Military Head of State, and de facto Vice President

Post-vice presidency[edit]

There are currently (since March 23, 2019) five living Vice Presidents of Nigeria since the first Vice President of Nigeria was appointed after the first military coup on January 15, 1966.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ibeh, Nnenna (30 May 2015). "Buhari to earn N14 million as annual salary, allowances". Premium Times. Retrieved 30 May 2015.