Nigeria is governed under the Constitution of 1999 (as amended) and operates a presidential system comprising three (3) branches of government, namely: the Executive; the Legislature; and the Judiciary. The President, who is both Head of State and Head of Government, is popularly elected for a four-year term and is eligible for a second term. The bicameral legislature, known as the National Assembly, consists of the 109-seat Senate and the 360-seat House of Representatives; all legislators are elected by popular vote for a four-year term. The Senate President is the head of the Legislative Branch. The Judicial Branch consists of the Supreme Court headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, the Court of Appeal, the High Courts and other trial courts such as the Magistrate, Customary, Sharia and other specialized courts.
Administratively, the country is divided into 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, with 774 Local Government Areas.
NAMES OF STATES AND THEIR GOVERNORS
Nigeria is a federation with 36 federating units known as States and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The Chief Executive Officers of the States are called Governors. Below is the list of States and their Governors, including the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
|1.||Abia||Umuahia||Victor Okezie Ikpeazu|
|2||Adamawa||Yola||Umaru Jibrilla Bindow|
|3.||Akwa Ibom||Uyo||Emmanuel Udom|
|9.||Cross River||Calabar||Ben Ayade|
|12.||Edo||Benin City||Godwin Obaseki|
|21.||Kebbi||Birnin Kebbi||Atiku Bagudu|
|25.||Nasarawa||Lafia||Umaru Tanko Al-Makura|
|26.||Niger||Minna||Abubakar S. Bello|
|32.||Rivers||Port Harcourt||Nyesom Wike|
|33.||Sokoto||Sokoto||Aminu Waziri Tambuwal|
|36.||Zamfara||Gusau||Abdulaziz A. Yari|
|37.||Federal Capital Territory||Abuja||Mohammed Bello|
Nigeria’s foreign policy revolves primarily around African affairs and emphasizes political and economic cooperation, peaceful dispute resolution, and global non-alignment. Regionally, Nigeria pursues tariff harmonization and the long-term goal of a customs union via the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which it was instrumental in founding. Nigeria is also active in the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), which seeks to improve economic conditions in Africa by eliminating trade barriers to exports and attracting investment and development aid. Nigeria maintains excellent relations with its neighbors as evidenced with its compliance with the 2002 decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in favour of Cameroon over control of the Bakassi Peninsula.