Vice President of Nigeria

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

since 29 May 2015
Style The Honourable
Residence Akinola Aguda House
NominatorPresidential candidate
Appointer Direct popular election
Inaugural holder Babafemi Ogundipe (Military)
Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme (Elected)
Formation16 January 1966

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.

Nigeria Federal republic in West Africa

The Federal Republic of Nigeria, commonly referred to as Nigeria, is a federal republic in West Africa, bordering Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, and Benin in the west. Its coast in the south is located on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. The federation comprises 36 states and 1 Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja is located. Nigeria is officially a democratic secular country.

President of Nigeria Head of state and head of Nigerian government

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is the head of state and head of the national executive of Nigeria. The President of Nigeria is also the commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces. The President is elected in national elections which take place every four years. The first President of Nigeria was Nnamdi Azikiwe, who took office on October 1, 1963. The current President, Muhammadu Buhari took office on May 29, 2015 as the 15th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Yemi Osinbajo Vice President of Nigeria, Nigerian Anwalt, university teacher, professor, lawyer and pastor of The Redeemed Christian Church of God

Oluyemi Oluleke "Yemi" Osinbajo is a Nigerian politician and lawyer who is the current Vice President of Nigeria, in office since 29 May 2015. He is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Professor of Law and until his inauguration as Vice President, a Senior Partner with SimmonsCooper Partners, a commercial law practice.



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

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:

Constitution of Nigeria

The Constitution of Nigeria is the supreme law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Functions of the Vice President of Nigeria

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

NameHead of State/PresidentInauguratedLeft OfficePolitical PartyNotes
Babafemi Ogundipe (1924-1971) JTU Aguiyi-Ironsi 16 January 196629 July 1966MilitaryDeposed in a Coup
Joseph Edet Akinwale Wey (1918-1991) Yakubu Gowon 29 July 196629 July 1975MilitaryDeposed in a Coup
Olusegun Obasanjo (1937-) Murtala Muhammed 29 July 197513 February 1976MilitaryBecame Head of State after the assassination of Murtala
Shehu Musa Yar'Adua (1943-1997) Olusegun Obasanjo 13 February 197630 September 1979MilitaryHanded over to Civilian Government
Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme (1932-2017) Shehu Shagari 1 October 197931 December 1983 National Party of Nigeria Deposed in a Coup
Tunde Idiagbon (1943-1999) Muhammadu Buhari 31 December 198327 August 1985MilitaryDeposed in a Coup
Ebitu Ukiwe (1940-) Ibrahim Babangida 27 August 1985October 1986MilitaryResigned
Augustus Aikhomu (1939-2011) Ibrahim Babangida October 198627 August 1993MilitaryHanded over to interim Government
Oladipo Diya (1944-) Sani Abacha 17 November 199321 December 1997MilitaryDeposed and arrested for attempted Coup
Michael Akhigbe (1946-2013) Abdulsalami Abubakar 9 June 199829 May 1999MilitaryHanded over to Civilian Government
Atiku Abubakar (1946-) Olusegun Obasanjo 29 May 199929 May 2007 Peoples Democratic Party Stepped down after expiration of term
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (1957-) Umaru Musa Yaradua 29 May 20075 May 2010 Peoples Democratic Party Became President after the death of Yaradua
Namadi Sambo (1954-) Goodluck Ebele Jonathan 19 May 201029 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

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