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Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria

The Speaker of the House of Representatives is the presiding officer of the Federal House of Representatives of Nigeria. Femi Gbajabiamila, was elected Speaker of House of Representatives of Nigeria on June 11th, 2019 till June 11th, 2023.



Sir Frederic Metcalfe of Great Britain became Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria in 1955. He was replaced by the first indigenous speaker, Jaja Wachuku, in 1959. As Speaker of the House, Wachuku received Nigeria's Instrument of Independence, also known as Freedom Charter, on October 1, 1960, from Princess Alexandra of Kent (Alexandra was Elizabeth II's representative at the Nigerian Independence ceremonies). Chaha Biam hails from Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State. He was elected to the House of Representative on the platform of NPN in the 1983 general elections and was elected as the Speaker of House of Representative in the short lived second tenure of Alhaji Shehu Shagari, October 1, 1983 – December 31, 1983.

Selection and succession to presidencyEdit

The speaker is chosen in an indirect election conducted within the House of Representatives. The Speaker is third in line for succession to the Nigerian presidency, after the President of the Senate and Vice President.

List of SpeakersEdit

Name Term Party
Sir Frederic Metcalfe 1955–1959
Jaja Wachuku 1959–1960 NCNC
Ibrahim Jalo Waziri 1960–1966 NPC
Edwin Ume-Ezeoke 1979–1983 NPN
Chaha Biam 1983 NPN
Salisu Buhari 1999–2000 PDP
Ghali Umar Na'Abba 2000–2003 PDP
Aminu Bello Masari 2003–2007 PDP
Patricia Etteh 2007 PDP
Dimeji Bankole 2007–2011 PDP
Aminu Waziri Tambuwal 2011–2015 PDP/APC
Yakubu Dogara 2015–2019 APC/PDP
Femi Gbajabiamila 2019