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List of famous politicians from Nigeria, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of popular Nigerian politicians includes members of the government who are either active or inactive, some of who might even now be dead. These are some of the most well-known Nigerian politicians of all time, so if you're a native of Nigeria and want to work for your country then these are the people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular politician from Nigeria, then use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

List ranges from Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya to Harold Demuren, plus much more.

You can click on the names of these renowned politicians of Nigeria in order to get more information about each one.

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A. I. Katsina-Alu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
A. I. Katsina-Alu age 77 Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu wa a former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He is from Ushongo in what is now Benue State. Katsina-Alu has been a member of the court since 1998. He ...more

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Abdu Dawakin Tofa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Abdu Dawakin Tofa age 86 Alhaji Abdu Dawakin Tofa was a Nigerian agriculturalist and academic who was briefly governor of Kano State between May and October 1983 during the Nigerian Second Republic. Abdu Dawakin Tofa ...more

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Abdulfatah Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Abdulfatah Ahmed age 55 Abdulfatah Ahmed is a Nigerian banker and public servant who was elected Governor of Kwara State in 26 April 2011 elections, running on the People's Democratic Party platform.

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Abdulkadir Kure is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
age 19 Abdulkadir Kure was governor of Niger State in Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. He is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party. In May 2000, he introduced Sharia law in Niger

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Abdullahi Adamu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
age 72 Abdullahi Adamu was governor of Nasarawa State in Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. He is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party.

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Abdullahi Ibrahim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Abdullahi Ibrahim Abdullahi Ibrahim is a Nigerian lawyer, politician and administrator. He is a former Federal Minister of Justice. Ibrahim was called to the English Bar in 1963, and was called to the Nigerian ...more

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Abdullahi Ibrahim Gobir is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Abdullahi Ibrahim Gobir age 65 Dr Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir is a Nigerian politician who was elected Senator for Sokoto East, in Sokoto State, in the 9 April 2011 national elections. Gobir holds a Masters degree in Electrical ...more

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Abdullahi Sarki Mukhtar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
age 69 Major General Abdullahi Sarki Mukhtar was born on July 5, 1949 in Kano State. He was formerly the National security adviser to the president of Nigeria. Rtd Major General Mukhtar was also a ...more

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Abdulsalami Abubakar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
age 76 General Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar is a Nigerian general who was President of Nigeria from 9 June 1998 until 29 May 1999. He succeeded Sani Abacha upon Abacha's death. It was during Abubakar's ...more

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Abubakar Atiku Bagudu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Abubakar Atiku Bagudu age 57 Abubakar Atiku Bagudu is a Nigerian politician who was elected Senator for the Kebbi Central constituency of Kebbi State, Nigeria in a by-election after Senator Adamu Aliero was appointed ...more

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Abubakar Rimi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Died at 70 (1940-2010) Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi was a Nigerian politician, who was the governor of Kano State during the Nigerian Second Republic. He died following an attack by armed robbers.

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Abubakar Saleh Michika is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Abubakar Saleh Michika age 74 Abubakar Saleh Michika was the first civilian governor of Adamawa State, Nigeria from 2 January 1992 to 17 November 1993. He was a member of the then ruling National Republican Convention.He ...more

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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Died at 54 (1912-1966) Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE was a Nigerian politician, and the only prime minister of an independent Nigeria.

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Achike Udenwa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Achike Udenwa age 70 Achike Udenwa born 1948 was the governor of Imo State in Nigeria. He became governor after winning the election in 1999. Udenwa won re-election in 2003, and his term ended on 29 May 2007. He is ...more

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Adams Oshiomhole is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
age 65 Oshiomhole has a big heart that accommodates all. He is a giver. He carries everybody along including those who are not in his government. God sent him just like an Angel to put smile on his ...more

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Adamu Atta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Adamu Atta Died at 87 (1927-2014) Alhaji Adamu Atta was the first civilian governor of the Nigerian Kwara State during the Second Republic, representing the National Party of Nigeria.

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Adamu Ciroma is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
age 84 Adamu Ciroma is a Nigerian politician and former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He is currently a member of the People's Democratic Party.

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Adamu Mu'azu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Adamu Mu'azu age 63 Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu Mu'azu was governor of Bauchi State in Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. He is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party. He had just been appointed PDP ...more

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Adebayo Adefarati is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Adebayo Adefarati Died at 76 (1931-2007) Adebayo Adefarati was a Nigerian politician and a former governor of Ondo State Nigeria. Prior to becoming Governor of Ondo State, Adebayo Adefarati was appointed twice as commissioner under the ...more

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Adesoji Aderemi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Adesoji Aderemi Died at 91 (1889-1980) Sir Titus Martins Adesoji Tadeniawo Aderemi I, alias Adesoji Aderemi, KCMG, was a Nigerian political figure and Yoruba traditional ruler as the Ooni of Ife from 1930 until 1980.He served as the ...more

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Ado Bayero is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Ado Bayero Died at 84 (1930-2014) Alhaji Dr. Ado Abdullahi Bayero was the Emir of Kano in Nigeria, from 1963 to his death. Bayero was seen as one of Nigeria's most prominent and revered Muslim leaders who was a successful ...more

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Afolabi Olabimtan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Died at 71 (1932-2003) Afolabi Olabimtan was a Nigerian politician, writer, and academic. He was born in Ogun State and was later the senator for Ogun West from 1999 to 2003. He died in a motor accident in August ...more

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Ahmad Sani Yerima is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
age 58 Alhaji Ahmed Rufai Sani Yerima was Governor of Zamfara State, Nigeria from May 1999 to May 2007, and is now Senator for Zamfara West and Deputy Minority Leader in the Senate. He is a member of ...more

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Ahmadu Bello is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Died at 56 (1910-1966) Sir Ahmadu Bello KBE was a Nigerian politician, and was the first premier of the Northern Nigeria region from 1954-1966. He was the Sardauna of Sokoto and one of the prominent leaders in ...more

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Ahmed Makarfi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
age 62 Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi is a Nigerian politician. He was governor of Kaduna State in Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007, and was elected Senator for Kaduna North in April 2007. He is a ...more

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Akanu Ibiam is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Died at 89 (1906-1995) Sir Francis Akanu Ibiam KCMG, KBE was a distinguished medical missionary who was appointed Governor of Eastern Region, Nigeria from December 1960 until January 1966 during the Nigerian First ...more

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Akinlabi Olasunkanmi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
age 62 Akinlabi Olasunkanmi, is a businessman, appointed as Minister responsible for Youth Development in the cabinet of President Umaru Yar'Adua of Nigeria.

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Akpor Pius Ewherido is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Akpor Pius Ewherido Died at 50 (1963-2013) Akpor Pius Ewherido was a Nigerian politician. He was elected Senator for Delta Central in the April 2011 national elections, running on the Democratic People's Party platform.

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Albert Okonkwo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Albert Okonkwo Major Albert Nwazu Okonkwo was briefly the Military Administrator of the Mid-Western State of Nigeria in mid-1967 during an attempt to establish the region as the independent Republic of Benin ...more

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Alex Ibru is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Died at 66 (1945-2011) Alex Ibru was a Nigerian businessman, founder and publisher of The Guardian newspaper, who was Minister of Internal Affairs from 1993 to 1995 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.

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Ali Modu Sheriff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Ali Modu Sheriff age 62 Ali Modu Sheriff was elected governor of Borno State in Nigeria in April 2003. He is a member of the All Nigeria People's Party. Ali Sheriff was the first governor in Borno state to win the seat ...more

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Ali Sa'ad Birnin-Kudu is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Ali Sa'ad Birnin-Kudu Ali Sa'ad Birnin-Kudu is a Muslim barrister and former governor of Jigawa State, northern Nigeria. He was a member of the now-defunct Social Democratic Party and served as governor from January ...more

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Aliyu Modibbo Umar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Aliyu Modibbo Umar age 60 Aliyu Modibbo Umar is a Nigerian technocrat who was the federal Minister of State for Power and Steel from December 2002 to May 2003, Minister of Commerce from July 2006 to July 2007, then ...more

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Alkali Abdulkadir Jajere is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Alkali Abdulkadir Jajere age 54 Alkali Abdulkadir Jajere is a Nigerian journalist turned politician who was elected to the Senate for the Yobe South constituency of Yobe State, Nigeria in the April 2011 national elections. He ...more

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Allison Madueke is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Allison Madueke age 74 Rear Admiral Allison Amaechina Madueke is a retired Nigerian naval officer. He was appointed military governor of Anambra State from January 1984 to August 1985, and then of Imo State until ...more

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Amadi Ikwechegh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Amadi Ikwechegh Died at 58 (1951-2009) Commodore Amadi Guy Ikwechegh was a Nigerian naval officer who was appointed military governor of Imo State from 1986 to 1989 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.

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Ambrose Alli is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Ambrose Alli Ambrose Alli was the governor of the defunct Nigerian state of Bendel, from 1979 to 1983. He was the first civilian governor. He brought massive development to Bendel in different sectors, from ...more

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Aminu Sule Garo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Aminu Sule Garo age 56 Aminu Sule Garo is a Nigerian politician and businessman. He was elected Senator for Kano North in April 2007, but his election was annulled in December 2007 on the basis that he lacked the ...more

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Anthony Enahoro is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Died at 87 (1923-2010) Anthony Eromosele Enahoro was Nigeria's foremost anti-colonial and pro-democracy activists. He was born the eldest of twelve children in Uromi in the present Edo State of Nigeria. His Esan ...more

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Anyim Pius Anyim is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Anyim Pius Anyim age 57 Anyim Pius Anyim is a Nigerian politician and currently the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. He was elected as national Senator on the People's Democratic Party platform in 1999 ...more

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Arthur Nzeribe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
age 80 Francis Arthur Nzeribe is a Nigerian politician who was Senator for the Imo Orlu constituency in Imo State from May 1999 to May 2007 on the People's Democratic Party slate.

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Arthur Okowa Ifeanyi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Arthur Okowa Ifeanyi age 59 Arthur Okowa Ifeanyi is a Nigerian politician who was elected Senator for Delta North, in Delta State, Nigeria, in the April 2011 national elections. He ran on the People's Democratic Party ...more

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Atiku Abubakar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
age 72 Atiku Abubakar is a Nigerian politician, businessman and philanthropist, who served as the 2nd elected Vice-President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, on the platform of the People's Democratic ...more

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Attahiru Bafarawa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Attahiru Bafarawa age 64 Alhaji Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa was governor of Sokoto State in Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.

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Ayo Fayose is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Ayo Fayose age 58 Peter Ayodele Fayose is the current governor of Ekiti State in Nigeria . He was governor from 29 May 2003 to 16 October 2006,

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Baba Gana Kingibe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Baba Gana Kingibe age 73 Baba Gana Kingibe is a Nigerian politician and political appointee havening held many high-level Nigerian governmental posts. He hails from Borno State in the northeastern part of Nigeria, and ...more

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Babafemi Ogundipe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Babafemi Ogundipe age 94 Babafemi Ogundipe was the de facto Vice President of Nigeria during Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi's 1966 military government. He was born on September 6, 1924 to Yoruba parents from Ago-Iwoye, in ...more

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Babafemi Ojudu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Babafemi Ojudu age 57 Babafemi Ojudu is a Nigerian journalist who was elected Senator for the Ekiti Central constituency of Ekiti State, Nigeria in the April 2011 national elections. He ran on the Action Congress of ...more

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Babalola Borishade is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Babalola Borishade Professor Abraham Babalola Borishade was born in Usi- Ekiti on 7th day of March, 1946 into the Ebi Ilotin Family. He has been a Federal Minister in Nigeria four times, between 1999-2011. He is ...more

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Babatunji Olowofoyeku is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Politicians from Nigeria
Died at 86 (1917-2003) Chief Babatunji Olowofoyeku, OFR, SAN was a Nigerian politician, educationist, lawyer and leader, a Yoruba and native of Ilesha in Osun State of Nigeria, whose political career started in the ...more