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What is Nigeria current affair?
Whether you’re going for a job interview, aptitude test, scholarship or examination, you ought to be familiar with 2019 Nigeria’s current affairs because it is the snippet of past and present events in Nigeria. We become informed about our world and actions or memorable events that have taken place or currently happening and shaping the global landscape in areas of politics, economy, art and immediate society.
What happens in our world affects us, and being informed about it allows us to understand why and maybe how we can play a greater role in inspiring change. Learning about Nigeria current affairs without studying the past is like studying only the ocean’s surface. Without going deeper, you will never obtain a full understanding of the situations before you.
And you don’t have to be a student of government to know Nigeria 2019 current affairs. It does not requires a deep understanding of the economics, cultural, political and sociological aspects of events but rather may provoke interest. One of those attributes that qualify you to be a bonafide citizen is your knowledge of Nigerian current affairs. It shows that you have the interest of the country at heart.
Who needs current affairs?
Although most often, Job interviews, Job aptitudes test, students still in secondary school and primary school are the major readers of current affairs, every learned individual must know at least 90% of Nigeria current affairs. The Nigeria past and current affairs is a vital part of our society.
As an experienced recruiter, I’m very much aware of why Nigeria current affairs are part of a job interview or aptitude test. No employer would want to employ a fellow who lacks basic knowledge of Nigeria past and current economy.
There are jobs that demand you are current in politics, economics, art and the current trend in the social life of Nigeria citizens. For example, International relations jobs, Mass Communication, Economist etc all demands that you should be knowledgeable in Nigeria current affairs.
It’s so unfortunate that most people find themselves skimming through current affairs when there is an emergency job interview or aptitude test. Whether you’re a student, graduate, teacher, parent etc, having an up to date Nigeria current affairs will add value to your outlook of the Nigerian government and society.
For example, ask the average Nigerian what the eagle in Nigeria stands for? Believe, 90 would fail. All this information can be found in a current affair. Now, there are so many current affairs online but this current affairs 2019 you’re about to read was collated with a specific set of people in mind. Students going for Scholarship test & Job seekers going for interviews or aptitudes test but also good for general consumption.
I have read many current affairs online and most of them contain secondary school government questions and also foreign and irregular information. The current affair on this page is strictly Nigeria and for Nigerians alone.
Current Government Position
- Current President is Muhammodu Buhari
- Current Vice President is Yemi Osinbajo
- Current Minister of Justice is Abubakar Malami
- Current Minister of Foreign Affairs is Geoffrey Onyeama
- Current Minister of Finance is Zainab Ahmed
- Current Minister of Defence is Mansur Dan Ali
- Current Minister of Education is Adamu Adamu
- Current Minister of Industry is Okechukwu Enelamah
- Current Minister of Labour is Chris Ngige
- Current Minister of FCT is Mohammed Musa Bello
- Current Minister of Science is Ogbonnaya Onu
- Current Minister of Solid Minerals is John Kayode Fayemi
- Current Minister of Interior is Abdulrahman Dambazau
- Current Minister of Budget is Udoma Udo Udoma
- Current Minister of Power is Babatunde Fashola
- Current Minister of Agriculture is Audu Ogbeh
- Current Minister of Transportation is Rotimi Amaechi
- Current Minister of Health is Isaac Adewole
- Current Minister of Women Affairs is Aisha Alhassan
- Current Minister of Niger Delta is Usani Uguru Usani
- Current Minister of Information is Lai Mohammed
- Current Minister of Environment is Amina J. Mohammed
- Current Minister of Water Resources is Suleiman Kazaure
- Current Minister of Youth and Sports is Solomon Dalong
- Current Minister of State for Aviation is Hadi Sirika
- Current Minister of State for Environment is Ibrahim Jibrin
- Current Minister of State for Foreign Affairs is Khadijat Ibrahim
- Current Minister of State for Solid Minerals is Bawa Bwari Abubakar
- Current Minister of State for Health is Osagie Ehanire
- Current Minister of State for Niger Delta is Omole Daramola
- Current Minister of State for Works is Mustapha Baba Shauri
- Current Minister of State for Education is Anthony Onwuka
- Current Minister of State for Agriculture is Heneiken Lokpobiri
- Current Minister of State for Labour is Late James Ocholi
- Current Minister of State for Budget is Zainab Ahmed
- Current Minister for Communication is Adebayo Shittu
- Current Minister of State for Industry is Aisha Abubakar
- Current Minister of State for Petroleum is Emmanuel Kachikwu
- Current Chief of Air Staff is Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar
- Current Chief of Army Staff is Lt-General T.Y. Buratai
- Current Chief of Defence Staff is General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin
- Current Chief of Naval Staff is Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas
- Current INEC chairman is Mahmood Yakubu
- Current Inspector General of Police is IGP Ibrahim Idris
- Current NAFDAC Director-General is Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye
List of Governors elected so far from the March 9 Governorship and State Assembly elections.
- Abdullahi Sule (APC) Nasarawa
- Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq (APC) Kwara
- Abubakar Bello (APC) Niger State.
- Abubakar Bello (APC) Niger State
- Aminu Masari (APC) Katsina
- Atiku Bagudu (APC) Kebbi
- Babagana Zulum (APC) Borno
- Babajide Sanwo-Olu (APC) Lagos State
- Dapo Abiodun (APC) Ogun
- Darius Ishaku (PDP) Taraba
- David Umahi – (PDP) Ebonyi State
- Emmanuel Udom (PDP) Akwa Ibom State
- Emeka Ihedioha (PDP) Imo
- Ifeanyi Okowa (PDP) Delta.
- Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi – (PDP) Enugu State.
- Inuwa Yahaya (APC) Gombe State
- MaiMala Buni (APC) Yobe State
- Mallam Nasir El-Rufai (APC) Kaduna)
- Mohammed Badaru (APC) Jigawa
- Muhammad Badaru (APC) Jigawa State
- Muktar Idris (APC) Zamfara
- Okezie Ikpeazu (PDP) Abia State
- Ben Ayade (PDP) Cross River
- Seyi Makinde (PDP) Oyo State
The coat of arm of Nigeria
- The coat of arm of Nigeria has a black shield with two white stripes that come together, like the letter ‘Y’
- This ‘Y’ SYMBOL represent the two main rivers flowing through Nigeria: which are the two popular rivers known as River Niger and River Benue.
- The black shield represents Nigeria’s good earth. While the two horses on each side of the coat of arm represent dignity.
- The eagle represents Strength, while the green and white bands on the top of the shield represent the rich Agricultural land of the country. The yellow flower at the base of the Coat of arm are Costus spectabilis, which is Nigeria’s national flower.
- The flag of Nigeria was designed in 1959 and first officially hosted on 1st October 1960. (Which is Nigeria National Independent Day)
- The green bands represent the forests and abundant natural wealth of Nigeria while the White band stands for peace. However, what you should know is that the designer of the flag was a student from IBADAN, Micheal Taiwo Akinkunmi.
- The second military Coup d’état in Nigeria took place on July 15, 1966
- Africans were first elected to the legislative council in British West Africa in Nigeria
- One of the functions of the Ministry of external affairs is the: Promotion of national interests
- Portuguese made the earliest contact with the Nigerian society?
- The military coup of July 25, 1975, which topped general Yakubu Gowon from power took place when he was attending OAU Summit in Kampala
Banks in Nigeria
- Access Bank Plc
- Citibank Nigeria Limited
- Coronation Merchant Bank
- Ecobank Nigeria Plc
- FBNQuest Merchant Bank
- Fidelity Bank Plc
- First Bank of Nigeria Limited
- First City Monument Bank Plc
- FSDH Merchant Bank
- Guaranty Trust Bank Plc
- Heritage Banking Company Limited
- Jaiz Bank Plc
- Keystone Bank Limited
- Nova Merchant Bank
- Polaris Bank Limited.
- Providus Bank Limited
- Rand Merchant Bank
- Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc
- Standard Chartered
- Sterling Bank Plc
- SunTrust Bank Nigeria Limited
- Union Bank of Nigeria Plc
- United Bank for Africa Plc
- Unity Bank Plc
- Wema Bank Plc
- Zenith Bank Plc
Abbreviations you should know
- AAWUN Agricultural and Allied Workers Union of Nigeria
- AIDS Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
- AIT Africa Independent Television
- APC All Progressives Congress
- ASUP Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics
- ASUU Academic Staff Union of Universities
- BCOS Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State
- BOI Bank of Industry
- CAN Christian Association of Nigeria
- CBN Central Bank of Nigeria
- ECOWAS Economic Community of West African States
- EFCC Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
- FRSC Federal Road Safety Commission
- ICPC Independent Corrupt Practices Commission and Other Related Offenses
- IMF International Monetary Fund
- JAMB Joint Admission and Matriculation Board
- NA Nigerian Army
- NAF Nigerian Air Force 6. NN Nigerian Navy
- NAFDAC National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control
- NAN News Agency of Nigeria
- NANS National Association of Nigeria Student
- NASU Non-Academic Staff Union
- NBA Nigeria Bar Association
- NDA Nigeria Defence Academy
- NECON National Election Commission of Nigeria
- NICON National Insurance Corporation of Nigeria
- NIPOST Nigeria Postal Services and Telecommunication
- NLC Nigeria Labour Congress
- NPA Nigerian Ports Authority
- NUJ Nigeria Union of Journalists
- NUPENG National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas
- NURTW National Union of Road and Transport Workers
- NUT Nigeria Union of Teachers
- NYSC National Youth Service Corps
- OPEC Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries
- PDP Peoples Democratic Party
- PENGASSAN Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria
- SAN Senior Advocate of Nigeria
- SARS Special Anti-Robbery Squad 23. OPC Odua People’s Congress
- SWAN Sports Writers Association of Nigeria
- WAEC West Africa Examination Council
- PHCN The Power Holding Company of Nigeria,
Top 3 political parties in Nigerian fourth Republic
- PDP- People’s Democratic party
- APC -All Progressive Congress
- SDP- Social Democratic Party.
This are the names of Nigeria former colonial masters.
- Sir Frederick Lord Lugard, ruled from 1900 to 1919.
- Sir Hugh Clifford, ruled from 1919 to 1925.
- Sir Creamer Thompson, ruled from 1925 to 1931.
- Sir Donald Cameroon, ruled from 1931 to 1935.
- Sir Bernard Bourdilion, ruled from 1935 to 1943.
- Sir Anthony Richard, ruled from 1943to 1948.
- Sir John McPherson, ruled from 1948 to 1958.
- Sir James Robertson, ruled from 1958 to 1960.
Nigeria’s Past President
- Sir. Abubarka Tafawa Balewa First Prime Minister (Oct.1st 1960 – Jan15th 1966)
- Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe First Gov. Gen. (1960–1963) President 1963 – 1966
- Gen. Aguiyi Ironsi First Military Head of State (Jan.15th-July29th 1966)
- Gen. Yakubu Gowon Head of State (July 29th 1966 – July 29th 1975)
- Gen. Murtala Mohammed Head of State (July 29th 1975 – Feb 13th 1976)
- Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo Head of State (Feb 14th 1976 – Oct.1st 1979)
- Alh. Shehu Shagari First Executive President (Oct1st 1979 – Dec.31st 1983)
- Maj. Gen. M. Buhari Head of State (Dec.31st 1983 – Aug. 27th 1985)
- Gen. Ibrahim B. Babangida First Nigerian Military President (Aug.27th 1985 – Aug.26th 1993)
- Chief Ernest Shonekan Head of Interim National Govt. (Aug.26th 1993 – Nov. 17th 1993)
- Gen. Sani Abacha Head of State (Nov. 17th 1993– June.8th 1998)
- Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar Head of State (June.9th 1998 – May 29th 1999)
- Chief Olusegun Obasanjo President (May 29th 1999 – May 29th 2007)
- Alh. Umar Musa Yar’Adua President (May 29th 2007 – May 6th 2010)
- Dr Goodluck E. Jonathan President (May 6th 2010 – 2015)
Memorable Dates (Assassinations)
- 1966: Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa – First Nigerian Prime Minister
- 1966: Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello
- 1966: Adekunle Fajuyi
- 1966: Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi – Military Head of State
- 1976: Murtala Mohammed – Military Head of State
- 1986: Dele Giwa – Journalist
- 1995: Ken Saro-Wiwa – Activist
- 2001: Bola Ige – Justice Minister
- 2006: Funsho Williams – Politician
- 2006: Ayo Daramola – Politician
- 2009: Dipo Dina – Politician
Notable Past Personalities
- First Nigerian Bishop – Samuel Ajayi Crowther
- First Nigerian female Vice-Chancellor – Prof. Grace Alele Williams
- First Nigerian Chief Judge – Justice Ademola Adetokunbo
- First Nigerian female Medical Doctor – Dr Mrs Abimbola Awoniyi
- First Nigerian Inspector General of Police – Lios Edet
- First Nigerian female Deputy Inspector General of Police-Mrs Bisi Ugowe
- First Television station in Nigeria – WMTV (NTA Ibadan presently) 1959
- First Nigerian woman to drive a car – Mrs Funmilayo Kuti
- First Nigerian woman to buy a car – Efuroye Tinubu
- First Nigerian female Pilot – Mrs Chinyere Onyemaucheya (1982)
- First Nigerian female Professor – Mrs Elfrida Adeho
- First Nigerian female Author – Flora Nwakpa
- First Nigerian female Governor – Lady Virginia Etiaba of Anambra State
- First Nigerian female Commissioner – Dorothy Miller
- First Nigerian female Senator – Mrs Wuraola Esan
- First Nigerian Female Chief Justice of Nigeria – Maryam Aloma Muktar
Major Cities – Lagos, Abuja, PortHacourt, Kano, Kaduna, Aba, Ibadan, Enugu.
Nigeria Geopolitical Zones: 6
- North Central States: Benue, Plateau, Kwara, Nassarawa, Niger, Kogi and Abuja
- North Eastern States: Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba
- North Western States: Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa and Kaduna
- South Eastern States: Anambra, Imo, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi.
- South Western States: Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo, Lagos, Osun and Oyo
- South Southern States: Cross River, Delta, Bayelsa, Edo, Rivers and Akwa Ibom
Memorable Dates (Plane Crashes)
- May 4, 2002 – EAS Airline – fatalities were 75passengers and crew including 70 people on the ground. Kano
- 23 2005- Bellview – 117 passengers and crew. Ogun
- Sosoliso Airline – 103 passengers and crew. Port Harcourt
- 2006 – ADC – 99 passengers and crew, 7 survivors.
- June 2012 – Dana Airline – 153 passengers and 6 crew. Lagos.
Overall Area –
-Total Area: 923,768 Sq km
– Land Area: 910,768 Sq km
– Water: 13,000 Sq km
– Coastline: 853 km
– Area Comparative: Slightly more than twice the size of California in the United States of America.
- Land Boundaries: 4,047 km altogether.
- Population – 190.9 million people (2017) – Africa’s most populated country having over 250 tribes
- Official Language – English
- Currency – Naira and Kobo
- Time – GMT + 1
Nigeria Natural Resources and Location
- Oil and Gas — Rivers, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Edo, Imo, Abia, Bayelsa
- Coal — Enugu
- Cocoa — Ondo, Oyo, Cross River
- Cement — Nkalagu, Ewekoro, Calabar
- Iron and ore — Agbaje, Ajaokuta, Aladja
- Ignite — Asaba
- Tin — Jos
- Salt — Abia, Ebonyi
- Rubber — Cross River, Delta, Edo
- Palm Oil — Delta, Imo, Cross River, Rivers, Kogi
- Ply Wood — Sapele, Port Harcourt
- Marble — Igbeti
- Lead-Zinc — Abakaliki, Ogoja
- Limestone — Sokoto, Ewekoro, Ukpilla, Abeokuta
- Gold — Sokoto, Ilesha
- Rice — Ogoja, Ekiti
- Cotton — Bauchi
Western Africa bordering on the Gulf of Guinea between Benin and Cameroun
– South (Atlantic Ocean)
– North (Niger Republic)
– East (Cameroun)
– West (Benin Republic)
Major Rivers: River Niger and River Benue
Largest State: Niger (76,363 square kilometres)
Smallest State: Lagos (3,345 square kilometres)
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