President of Nigeria

Office of the President is called Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR)

The President of Nigeria is the head of state and head of the executive of Nigeria. The first President of Nigeria was Nnamdi Azikiwe.[2] The current President is Bola Tinubu, since 29 May 2023.[3]

President of Nigeria
Bola Tinubu

since 29 May 2023
StyleMr. President
His Excellency
(diplomatic, outside the U.S.)
ResidenceAso Villa
Term lengthFour years
renewable once
Inaugural holderNnamdi Azikiwe
1 October 1963
Formation1 October 1963
Salary₦3,514,705 ($17,657) annually
WebsiteThe State House Abuja



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


  1. "How To Address The President; He Is Not Your Excellency Or Your Honor, But Mr. President". The New York Times. 2 August 1891.
  2. Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Professor Emmanuel Akyeampong; Mr. Steven J. Niven (2 February 2012). Dictionary of African Biography. OUP USA. pp. 314–. ISBN 978-0-19-538207-5.
  3. Smith, David (29 May 2015). "Historic succession complete as Buhari is sworn in as the president of Nigeria" – via

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