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President of Nigeria
Seal of the President of Nigeria.svg
Seal of the President
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Muhammadu Buhari

since 29 May 2015
Style Mr. President
His Excellency
(diplomatic, outside the U.S.)
Residence Aso Villa
Term length Four years
renewable once
Inaugural holder Nnamdi Azikiwe
October 1, 1963
Formation 1 October 1963
Salary ₦3,514,705 ($17,657) annually
Website The State House Abuja

The President of Nigeria is the head of state and head of the executive of Nigeria. The first President of Nigeria was Nnamdi Azikiwe. The current President is Muhammadu Buhari, since 29 May 2015.


The 1999 Constitution of Nigeria of Nigeria sets the requirement. A president must:

  • be a citizen of Nigeria;
  • be at least 40 years old;
  • be a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party.

Powers of the president

These powers include:

  • Appointing ambassadors and diplomatic and consular representatives
  • Approving and signing of bills
  • Conferring honours
  • Receiving and recognising foreign diplomatic and consular representatives
  • Referring a Bill to the Constitutional Court for a decision on the Bill's constitutionality
  • Summoning the National Assembly, or Parliament to an extraordinary sitting to conduct special business

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