Nigerian Presidents’ Academic Qualifications: 1960 Till Date

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Nigeria as a country has come a long way, right from 1960 after the country got her independence from the hands of the British colonial masters, the journey has not been all that smooth, with years of military rule, coups that has taken place and lots of blood that were shed in the process, as a result of civil, ethnic and religious wars.  From Nnamdi Azikiwe down to the present Nigerian President, these are men who have served this country as presidents, but we only know little about them especially their academic qualifications. It might interest you to know that only a few Presidents of Nigeria received a college education, even among the earliest apart from Nnamdi Azikiwe.

Lets Take a Quick Look at the Nigerian Presidents Academic Qualifications from 1960 Till Date

Chief (Dr.) Nnamdi Azikiwe

Nnamdi Azikiwe

Academic Qualifications

BA degree in Political Science (1930) Lincoln University, PA

MA degree in Religion and Philosophy (1932)  Lincoln University

He concluded two Master’s degree programs, in Anthropology and Political Science(1933) University of Pennsylvania, PA.

Doctor of Philosophy degree

General Yakubu Gowon

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Academic Qualifications

He attended military institutions which had followed slightly different approach to academic learning and award of degrees.

Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (1955 – 1956)

Staff College, Camberley

Joint Service Defence College

Major-General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi

Major-General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi

Academic Qualifications

After his programme with University of Warwick in 1983, he attended military institutions which had followed slightly different approach to academic learning and award of degrees.

Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK (1955–56)

Staff College, Camberley, UK (1962)

Joint Staff College, Latimer (1965)

 

General Murtala Mohammed

General Murtala Mohammed

Academic Qualifications

He had his early education in Kano and finished up at Government (now Barewa) College, Zaria in 1957, and then he attended military institutions which had followed slightly different approach to academic learning and award of degrees.

Sandhurst Royal Academy, Britain as an Officer Cadet.

Joint Services Staff College, England, including other advanced training courses.

Major-General Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo

Academic Qualifications

He attended military institutions which had followed slightly different approach to academic learning and award of degrees.

Mons Officer Cadet School, Aldershot, England (1958) Officer Cadet

Royal College of Military Engineering, Chatham, UK

School of Survey, Newbury, UK.

Defence Services Staff College, Wellington

Indian Army School of Engineering

DSSC, Wellington.

 

Alhaji Shehu Shagari

Shehu Shagari

Academic Qualifications

He went to the Sokoto Middle School and later advanced to Kaduna college.

No academic qualification that we know

Major-General Muhammadu Buhari

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Academic Qualifications

He attended military institutions which had followed slightly different approach to academic learining and award of degrees‏.

Nigerian Military Training College, Kaduna (1962)

Mons Officer Cadet School, Aldershot, United Kingdom (1962-63)

Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, India (1973)

 

General Ibrahim Babangida

General Ibrahim Babangida

Academic Qualifications

He attended military institutions which had followed slightly different approach to academic learning and award of degrees.

Government College Bida (1957-62)

Nigerian Military Training College, Kaduna (1962-63)

Indian Military Academy (1964)

Royal Armoured Centre, United Kingdom (1966-1967)

Advanced Armoured Officers’ Course, Army Armoured School, United States(1972-73)

Command and Staff College, Jaji (1977)

Nigerian Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru (1979)

Senior International Defence Management Course, Naval Postgraduate School, USA (1980)

Pa Ernest Shonekan

Ernest Shonekan

Academic Qualifications

Graduated in Law in 1962,  at the University of London, the year he was also called to the bar.

 

General Sani Abacha

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Academic Qualifications

Just like his peers, he attended military institutions which had followed slightly different approach to academic learning and award of degrees‏ from the Universities.

Nigerian Military Training College in Kaduna (1962-63)

Mons Defense Cadet College, Aldershot, united kingdom  (1963)

School of Infantry at Warminster (1966 and 1971)

Command Staff College at Jaji (1976)

National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies at Kuru (1981)

International defense course in Monterrey, California, USA (1982)

General Abdulsalaam Abubakar

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Academic Qualifications

His early education  started at  Native Authority Primary School Minna between 1950 to 1956, followed by  the famous Government College, Bida. where he had his secondary education from 1957 to 1962, and then went further to  Kaduna Technical College from January to October 1963 for his  Post Secondary School Education, after enlisting into the Nigeria Air Force on October 3, 1963 as Officer Cadet. In June 1964, he was sent to Germany for flying training. Apart from these, he didn’t embark on any further academic work neither did he get any academic qualifications, but he was showered with lots and lots of national and international awards, which includes:

The Prestigious ECOWAS International Gold Award (May 27, 2000)

The National Honour for “The Shortest and Successful Democratic Transition in the History of Nigeria Award” by CCJRCA (July 31, 2000)

Distinguished Leadership of Honour Award by NBA (August 21, 2000)

Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science (Honoris Causa) by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria. (November 25, 2000)

Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science (Honoris Causa) by Edo State University, Ekpoma, Nigeria (May 4, 2002)

Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science (Honoris Causa) by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. (August 10, 2002)

Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Law, LLD (Honoris Causa) by Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria (May 15, 2004)

Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Law, LLD (Honoris Causa) by University of Ibadan, Nigeria (November 17, 2006)

Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Law, LLD (Honoris Causa) by Igbinedion University, Okada, Nigeria. (November 25, 2006).

Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Agriculture (D. Agric) (Honoris Causa) By Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Nigeria (Junuary 31, 2009).

Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Doctor of Letters (D. Agric) (Honoris Causa) By University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria (November 10, 2012).

 

Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’adua

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Academic Qualifications

Higher School Certificate from Barewa College (1971)

B.Sc. degree in Education and Chemistry from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria from (1972 – 1975)

M.Sc. degree in Analytical Chemistry from  Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria ( 1978)

Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

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Academic Qualifications

B.Sc. degree in Zoology

M.Sc. degree in Hydrobiology and Fisheries biology

PhD degree in Zoology

All from the University of Portharcourt

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