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NIGERIA
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President of Nigeria

Chief Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu

Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu GCFR, born on 29 March 1952, is a prominent Nigerian politician and the current President of Nigeria, serving as the 16th head of state. Prior to his presidency, Tinubu held various key positions in Nigerian politics, including the governorship of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007 and serving as a senator for Lagos West in the Third Republic.

Tinubu's early life saw him grow up in southwestern Nigeria before pursuing his education in the United States, where he studied accounting at Chicago State University. Upon returning to Nigeria in the early 1990s, he worked as an accountant for Mobil Nigeria before venturing into politics.

His political journey began in 1991 when he joined the Social Democratic Party. In 1992, during the short-lived Third Nigerian Republic, Tinubu was elected to the Senate, representing Lagos West. Following the annulment of the June 12, 1993, presidential elections, he became a vocal pro-democracy activist as part of the National Democratic Coalition.

During the transition to the Fourth Nigerian Republic, Tinubu went into exile in 1994, returning in 1998 after the death of military dictator Sani Abacha. He played a crucial role in the formation of the Alliance for Democracy and later won the Lagos State governorship election in 1999. Tinubu was re-elected for a second term in 2003.

After leaving office in 2007, Tinubu contributed significantly to the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2013. In the 2023 presidential election, he secured victory, becoming the President of Nigeria.

Tinubu's background includes being born into the merchant family of Abibatu Mogaji in Lagos. He completed his early education at St. John's Primary School, Aroloya, Lagos, and Children Home School in Ibadan before his studies in the United States.

In his professional career, Tinubu worked as an accountant for American companies such as Arthur Andersen, Deloitte, and GTE Services Corporation. He later joined Mobil Oil Nigeria upon his return to Nigeria in 1983.

Tinubu's presidency, which officially began on 29 May 2023, has been marked by significant policy changes. Notably, he removed the government subsidy on fuel, leading to initial public concern but receiving praise from the World Bank for its positive impact on the Nigerian economy.

His administration has also seen the suspension of the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, and subsequent financial reforms. Tinubu appointed key figures to his cabinet, including Senator George Akume as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Femi Gbajabiamila as Chief of Staff to the President.

Tinubu's economic policies, known as Tinubunomics, have been described as a departure from previous administrations, emphasizing macro-structural adjustments to revitalize the Nigerian economy. Despite facing criticism and controversy throughout his political career, Tinubu remains a significant and influential figure in Nigerian politics.

On a personal note, Tinubu is married to Oluremi Tinubu, a former senator, and they have three children together. He is a practicing Muslim and has received numerous honors, including the Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR). Additionally, he holds traditional titles, being the "Asiwaju" of Lagos and the "Jagaba" of the Borgu Emirate in Niger State

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