Governor-General of Nigeria

The Governor-General of Nigeria was the representative of the monarch of the United Kingdom in Colonial Nigeria from 1954 to 1960, and after Nigerian independence in 1960, the representative of the Nigerian head of state.

Governor-General of Nigeria
Flag of the Governor of Nigeria (1952–1960).svg
Standard in Colonial Nigeria (1954–1960)
Flag of the Governor-General of Nigeria (1960–1963).svg
Flag in independent Nigeria (1960–1963)
Viceregal
StyleHis Excellency
StatusAbolished
ResidenceGovernment House, Lagos
Appointer
Formation1 October 1954
First holderSir John Stuart Macpherson
Final holderNnamdi Azikiwe
Abolished1 October 1963

The office was created on 1 October 1954, when the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria was created an autonomous federation within the British Empire. After independence in 1960, the Governor-General became the representative of the Nigerian monarch, and the office continued to exist till 1963, when Nigeria abolished its monarchy, and became a republic.[1][2][3]

List of Governors-General of NigeriaEdit

Following is a list of people who have served as Governor-General of Nigeria.[1]

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Monarch
(Reign)
Took office Left office Time in office
  Governors-General representing the monarch of the United Kingdom
1   Sir John Stuart Macpherson
(1898–1971)
1 October
1954
15 June
1955
257 days  
Elizabeth II
 
(1954–1960)
2 Sir James Wilson Robertson
(1899–1983)
15 June
1955
1 October
1960
5 years, 108 days
  Governors-General representing the monarch of Nigeria
(2) Sir James Wilson Robertson
(1899–1983)
1 October
1960
16 November
1960
46 days  
Elizabeth II
 
(1960–1963)
3   Nnamdi Azikiwe
(1904–1996)
16 November
1960
1 October
1963
2 years, 319 days

Flag of the Governor-GeneralEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Dennis Chukude Osadebay (1978), Building a Nation: An Autobiography, Macmillan Nigeria, p. 109, ISBN 9789781322662
  2. ^ Benjamin Obi Nwabueze (1982). A Constitutional History of Nigeria. C. Hurst & Co. p. 74. ISBN 9780905838793.
  3. ^ Federal Nigeria: Volumes 6-11, Consulate General of Nigeria, 1963, p. 2