Nigerian Presidents’ Academic Qualifications: 1960 Till Date

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 have 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 Nigerian Presidents received a college education, even among the earliest apart from Nnamdi Azikiwe. Let’s take a quick look at the Nigerian Presidents academic qualifications from 1960 till date.

Nigerian Presidents and their Academic Qualifications

Chief (Dr.) Nnamdi Azikiwe (1963 -1966)

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

Major-General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi (16 January 1966 – 12 July 1966)

Major-General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi

Academic Qualifications

After his programme with the 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 Yakubu Gowon (1966 – 1975)

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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, England

General Murtala Mohammed (1975 – 1976)

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 (1976 – 1979)

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.

Defense Services Staff College, Wellington

Indian Army School of Engineering

DSSC, Wellington.

In June 2018, Olusegun Obasanjo completed a Ph.D. programme in Christian Theology at the National Open University (NOUN).

Alhaji Shehu Shagari (1979 – 1983)

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 (1983 – 1985)

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Academic Qualifications

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

Nigerian Military Training College, Kaduna (1962)

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

Defense Services Staff College, Wellington, India (1973)

General Ibrahim Babangida (1985 – 1993)

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 (26 Aug 1993 – 17 Nov 1993)

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 (1993 – 1998)

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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 (1998 – 1999)

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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 include:

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) from 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 the 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 (January 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 (2007 – 2010)

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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 (2010 – 2015)

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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 Port Harcourt

President Muhammadu Buhari

Major. Gen. Buhari after his military rule, came back a second time to rule the country of Nigeria in 2015. To talk about his educational qualification yet again may sound cliche but we will for the purpose of some adjustments.

The 2015 electioneering in Nigeria saw some controversy over Buhari’s academic qualifications. The controversy culminated from arguments that the then-presidential candidate did not attend a secondary education. However, it was confirmed that Buhari passed through Provincial Secondary School, Katsina (now Government Colege, Katsina) and got an O’Level certificate.

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