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Who Was The Best President Nigeria Ever/never Had?

I grew up hearing complaint from generation to generation about how this president is not good and how that president is terrible. I was wondering if at any time Nigeria ever had a good president or if Nigeria has never been furtunate to have a good leader.

Who was the best president we ever had? Whose government was the best we ever had? Who was the best president Nigeria NEVER had and why or is it that we are just people that can never be pleased?

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Are most Nigerians shamefully educated or stupidly induced by tribal bias? Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was not Nigeria's Heat of State or President.

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still no road, still no light, youths are still comming out of school with no prospect of employment,the poverty level is rising, housing problems are increasing...the question is has nigeria ever had a president ?

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are you that guy with a failed music career?

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In as much as we say the military regime was cruel,it was by far better.Nigeria was extremely strong military wise 1 think btw 1 and 2nd in africa,our economy was number 1 and d currency was a worldwide juggernoth.crimes where less and moral values still existed cuz good schools were available.Nigerians travelled abroad easily because the country performed so that gave our citizens respect.Today we have thieves as leaders,youths as scammers and prostitutes,hyper inflation,dead schools etc.from observation I would say abacha and buhari bt abacha 1st choice.PS he was harsh cuz dats d nature of a military officer,pose fear to gain loyalty or you die early.

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@Kobojunke, no one is beaten in the West for not cleaning up their homes, u must be living in some kind of make belief World, if u think that`s how they keep their environment clean. Have u never seen cleaners in the West employed by local governments to keep the streets clean? Maybe u need to open your eyes and see our modern cities keep their environment clean. I live next to a street market that takes place every day of the week, when it closes for the day, paid cleaners and their garbage trucks come in and clean the street to get it ready for the next day. This is the system that was needed, not beating people to do what should have been the responsibility of the government. 

Did Buhari tackle the problem of no water, no electricity, bad transportation system, bad tele communication system, bad schools, police brutality, unemployment and the many problems Nigeria was facing at the time and still facing today? Did the beating and killing of poor Nigerians by the Buhari Govt solve all these problems?  These are the issues we should be looking at, miss Kobo.

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Awolowo was never a president .though he was the best strategist and leader Nigeria has ever produced. He was only able to use his intellectualism in the western region.

I know the ibo's hate him because he stopped the Biafra , sorry about that but he did the right thing

Best regime so far was buhari Idiagbon, all others were jokers, worst were sagari, babangida, abacha and Musa

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The best we had for me was Mahammadu Buhari, and the best we never had was Awolowo.

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Sincerely speaking,when it comes to good Administration and Implementations through quality cabinet ,I think OBJ is second to none.Personal issues,third term Agenda and the Military traits in him,really stained his good works. No one is perfect except God.

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@Deepzone

We are getting there,when we have like 10,we'l post this topic again and assess.

For now Nairalanders,am the last and iv closed this thread.

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Nope… The western world is clean because of environmental sanitation geared programs in place and also penalties for homeowners who refuse to abide by the man sanitation laws. Home owners need to keep their lawns trimmed and their yards clean or risk being fined and possibly getting jail time. Compare that to our old environmental sanitation model and you might see some similarities and why it worked for us back then.

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Cleaning up your house is not the duty of the bloody government to enforce. Even at primary school we were taught how to keep our environments clean. people who are conscious of their health should be able to clean their compunds every day and not wait for a particular day imposed by the government. if the goverment has a comprhensive program of collecting refuse, then people will clean their compounds and keep the refuse in the bins for collection. but when there is no such thing wht do you think they will do? After cleaning their compound, then the refuse still stays with them because the bloody government does not provide the serivces. the western world is clean not by environmental sanitation but because there is a regular program of refuse collection whihc motivates the people to clean their homes and store the refuse in bins knowing they will be collected. No sane human being likes living among refuse. it is because the government neglects the people.

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Heads of State/Presidents Title Duration Party

James Wilson Robertson Governor-Gen 15 Jun 1955 - 16 Nov 1960 N/A

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Prime Minister 30 Aug 1957 - 15 Jan 1966 NPC

Nnamdi Azikiwe President 1 Oct 1960 - 16 Jan 1966 NCNC

Major Gen Aguiyi-Ironsi Head Of state 16th Jan -jul 1966 Military

General Yakubu Gowon Head Of state 1 Aug 1966 - 29 Jul 1975 Military

General Murtala Mohammed Head Of State 29 Jul 1975-13 Feb 1976 Military

General Olusegun Obasanjo Head Of State 14 feb 1976-1 oct 1979 Military

Alhaji Shehu Shagari President 1Oct 1979-31 Dec 1983 NPN

General Muhammadu Buhari Head Of state 31st Dec 1983-27th aug 1985 military

General Ibrahim Babangida Head Of state 27 aug 1985-26 aug 1993 Military

General Sani Abacha Head Of State 17 Nov 1993 - 8 Jun 1998 Military

General Abdulsalam Abubakar Head of PRC 9 Jun 1998 - 29 May 1999 Military

Olusegun Obasanjo President 29 May 1999 - Friday, July 25, 2008 PDP

Musa yaradua President July 25 2008- Present PDP

So, it means Nigeria only has 4 presidents on file.

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Nigerians were paying taxes does not exempt Nigerians from cleaning up their environments. I don’t know how life is on your end but because you pay taxes does not mean you do not have to clean up your yard, mow your lawn or make sure your house is in good condition. I lived in Lagos and even though we had state workers who took care of cleaning up the streets and the gutters, we were required to clean up our properties and no amount of taxes you paid, back then, was enough to get you out of doing that work.

Now, the current Nigeria needs such a program as we all know people are less willing to clean up their properties and even less, there taxes. Such a program at this time that forces people to pay, both taxes and clean up, would push development in a huge way in that country today.

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Even if Nigeria were to have the best President will the Governors, LG chaimen stop looting the treasury? I think under this democratic dispensation, Nigerians should look at means of making the LG Chairmen and Governors more accountable before going for the best president.

I hate people giving Buhari/Idiagbon KUDOS because they instituted WAI. Every responsible goverment has the duty to clean the streets in a town , city etc. The duo were just forcing Nigerians to do what they were supposed to do even when the citizens had paid their taxes. There was no need for forced Environmental Sanitatiion Programme. I hated that scheme with such passion that I often broke the law. Most of the time I just use the time to sleep well or do other important things.

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really i cant tell u the best presiden nigeria has ever had but i can certainly tell u the worst it is ALHAJI MUSA YARADUA

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Muritala Mohammed was the only president that had good vision for Nigeria, trust Nigerians, they didn't allow him to succeed, he was assasinated!

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ABACHA

yes we all know he looted, but there was economic stability, security and obvious developments(PTF).

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@ the topic

simple

ABACHA

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@ the topic

simple

ABACHA

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According to Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, it's Obafemi Awolowo,

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Don't make me laugh, tell me any nation on this earth that doesn't have a GSM NETWORK? If GSM is his handiwork or achievement, you and I knew that Nigeria will NEVER HAD got one. How granting a license to foreign companies stranslated into his achievement is beyond belief. Even Somalia has GSM before Nigeria. If OBJ gave Nigerian GSM, then George Bush or Tony Blair will claim to give their people the iPod.

Nigeria is all their history has never witness a sunny period due to leadership excpet

Awolowo as Western premier

Okpara as Eastern premier

Ahmadu Bello as Northern premier

PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!

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i dont think Nigeria has got any good president since existence.

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Have to say Buhari/Idiagbon too. Remember the chills that used to run down people's spin as environmental sanitation day looms, due to wolewole.

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Obafemi Awolowo

then you can say

Buhari & Tunde Idiagbon

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I just mean no matter what a president does, he or she will always have critics.

especially a Nigerian president.

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Does this mean all hope is lost?

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So far, I believe Buhari/Idiagbon regime was the best. Yes dictators but in less than a year, I figure about 6 months into office, those men were able to effect change that was felt by even the ordinary Nigerian. States were cleaner, discipline was the order of the day and prices stabilized. I remember bread back then went for about 10 kobo and school.

You should have seen people queuing at yaba,idumota etc to board public transportation. Every other saturday, from 7 am to 10pm, there was mandatory clean up all around the country ( Environmental Sanitation). I remember taking out the trash every saturday for the garbage man to come pick up. The roads were in good shape. I am not really sure about the state of the economy but it was decent. There were more jobs back then as well.

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OBJ will be vindicated by history.Now i can talk to friends and family in Naija any time and day by GSM.The era of failed bank is over.

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lol,

@Manmustwac

i heard of that, men it must have been blissss

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See this 40 year old edo woman.

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i remember buying choco milo for 25K

and i litre coke for 3 naira

1.25 naira for 35cl.

Sir, i do know things are worse.

But what are the present people doing?

Nothing!

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Gamine when i first visited Nigeria in 1980 i think 1 pound was 3 naira then bottle coke was 15 kobo mirinda 10 kobo we used to buy chupa chops {lollypop} for 10 kobo and English comics which were 50 kobo.

Things were bam then during my holiday, but if i compare it to Nigeria today. People are suffering there

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What about Muritala Mohammed he was the best president by a mile but only lasted six months before he was assasinated him during a botched coup

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Unlike other Africans, Nigerians are too judgmental and can never be pleased!

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Can we ever have a president that will turn back the hand of the clock?

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