The position of the vice president in Nigeria is perceived to be a dormant one as the bulk of the national assignment is vested on the shoulder of the president. The president usually takes the praise and the blame in a government. Vice president in this sense is not just limited to the democratic government but also expands to the military government as some officials served as the de facto vice presidents during the military rule in Nigeria.
The media spotlights on vice presidents is limited as focus is on the president but in spite of this, some vice president have been able to command and make use of their position as the number two citizens to make impacts. Here are the top five vice presidents in Nigeria’s history
1. Atiku Abubakar: Born in 1946, Atiku served as the second democratic vice president of Nigeria under the administration of Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2007.
2. Tunde Idiagbon: Born in 1943, Major General Tunde Idiagbon was the chief of staff and de facto vice president to the then General Muhammadu Buhari from 1983 to 1985. He died in 1999.
3. Olusegun Obasanjo: Born in March 5, 1937, Olusegun Obasanjo was vice president during the military administration of Murtala Muhammed from 1975 to 1976 until the latter was executed during a coup. He latter became president from 1999-2007.
4. Goodluck Jonathan: Born in 1957, Goodluck Jonathan served as vice president during the administration of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua from 2007 to 2010. He latter became president from 2011-2015.
5. Shehu Musa Yar’Adua: Born in March 5, 1943, The elder brother of the late president Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Shehu Musa Yar’ Adua served as de facto vice president during the military administration of Obasanjo from 1976 – 1979. He died in detention in December 1997 at the age of 54.