Nigeria is blessed with so many powerful strongholds that control the affairs of the nation and even Africa as a whole.
The battle for the most powerful men in Nigeria has been a lifelong struggle since the Nigeria independence, no wonder there has always been power tussle which led to many coup d’etat in the past.
Now after over 20 years of Nigeria’s democracy, here are some of the most powerful people in Nigerian politics.
1. Muhammadu Buhari
He is the president of the federal republic of Nigeria, he calls most of the shots.
Popularly called Sinzu money was an ex-military head of state turned civilian president. He has a strong political influence In west Africa and even at the African Union.
He is the slayer of other politicians, he takes no-nonsense. He is the boss and he acts it, some have accused him of abuse of power and fundamental human rights violation.
He is not moved and he has achieved a great feat in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria. One of his goals is to end corruption in Nigeria.
2. Yemi Osibanjo:
He is a lawyer and he plays a major role in the presidency.
He is the initiator of the N power and the TraderMonewhere graduates are provided with jobs and where market women are given petty loans to help their businesses.
He is also Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), a pastorand he is the number two citizen of the federal republic of Nigeria.
He runs the show whenever the president is not around.
3. Bola Ahmed Tinubu:
Tinubu is not just a politician but is the Ronaldo and Messi of Nigerian politics.
The Only Jagaban Of Nigeria Politic, he is the master chess player in Nigerian politics.
He is a Kingmaker, a president maker and he has installed and removed so many politicians through his dogged tactics.
He is an ex-governor of Lagos State and an ex-senator of the federal republic of Nigeria.
He has so much influence, power, wealth and significance. Let’s just say he runs the show.
4. Olusegun Obasanjo:
Olusegun Obasanjo was an ex-military head of state.
He’s a former general and an ex civilian president of the federal republic of Nigeria.
He has so much influence that he is well respected throughout Africa and the world in general.
Obasanjo is a politician, an author, a political mathematician and a kingmaker.
He is that one person that they call when AfricanInternational politics is at stake.
5. Mamman Daura
Mamman Daura is a Nigerian journalist and businessman who is a prominent member of the Kaduna Mafia.
He was appointed editor of the New Nigerian newspaper a few months after completing his graduate degree. He is President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew and long time close associate.
Many may not know this man, but he’s one of the most powerful men presently in Nigeria
According to report, he lives in Aso Rock with President Buhari and he makes the most decision in Buhari’s government. He runs the show codedly in Buhari’s government.
6. Adams Oshiomole:
He was the former head of the Nigerian Labour Congress(NLC) and now the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
He is one of those strong men you do not want to be in their black book, he runs the show at APC and he is so powerful and calls the shot at the APC.
Adams Oshiomole was an ex-Governor of Edo State a state in which he still has so much political influence.
7. Aliko Dangote:
Aliko Dangote is not a politician, he doesn’t interfere in politics but he is the richest man in Africa and the richest black man alive.
He is the man that lives by the Buhari slogan, I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody. He is a political cash cow that provides funding and supports virtually all political party election irrespective of their affiliation.
No wonder he has a monopoly to run some business investments. He played a major role during the transition from the Jonathan regime to the Buhari regime.
8. Tukur Buratai:
This is the strongest man in the Nigerian military, he is the chief of Army Staff, he is a lieutenant and one of the tactical men in the fight against insurgency in Nigeria.
He is one of the most powerful people in Nigeria ensuring peace and stability in the Nigerian political class.
He might not be a politician but he also plays a major role in Nigerian politics.
9. Atiku Abubakar:
Atiku Abubakar is the former vice president of the federal republic of Nigeria.
He is a billionaire and one of the strongest people in the Nigerian political sector.
He is also eyeing the number one slot and he ran against Muhammadu Buhari where he lost the election.
He is a man to be feared due to his political significance in Nigeria. Atiku Abubakar has remained relevant in Nigerian politics over the last decade. He runs the show in the opposition party
10. Ibrahim Babangida
General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida is a Nigerian statesman and military general.
He served as military President of Nigeria from 1985 until his resignation in 1993.
He also served as the Chief of Army Staff from January 1984 to August 1985.
Babangida rose through the ranks in the military and fought during the Nigerian Civil War, he has been a key plotter of military coups in Nigeria.
Babangida is rumoured to be worth US$50 billion. He is believed to secretly possess a multi-billion dollar fortune via successive ownership of stakes in a number of Nigerian companies.
In 2011, according to a Forbes article, Babangida is estimated to be worth US$12 billion. Babangida has rejected these claims, and insists his government “were saints”.
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