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Muhammadu Buhari
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Muhammadu Buhari - APC Presidential Election candidate

Muhammadu Buhari - APC Presidential Election candidate
Party (APC) All Progressives Congress


Muhammadu Buhari was born on 17 December 1942, in Daura, Katsina State. He is the twenty-third child of his father, Adamu. Buhari was raised by his mother, his father died when he was about three or four. Buhari attended primary school in Daura and Mai'adua, 1948-1952 and later proceeded to Katsina Model School in 1953 and Katsina Provincial Secondary School (now Government College Katsina) from 1956-1961.
He joined the then Nigerian Military Training School, Kaduna in 1963 and also attended Officer's Cadet School in Aldershot (United Kingdom), October 1963. In 1964, he was at the Nigerian Military College, Kaduna for Platoon Commanders' Course and later attended the Mechanical Transport Officer's Course at the Army Mechanical Transport School in Borden (United Kingdom) 1965. Buhari also studied at the Defense Services' Staff College, Wellington (India), 1973 and the United States Army War College, June 1979 to June 1980.
In 1971, Buhari got married to his first wife, the former first lady, Safinatu (nee Yusuf) Buhari. They had five children together. In 1988, Buhari and his first wife Safinatu got divorced. In December 1989, Buhari got married to his second and current wife Aisha (nee Halilu) Buhari. They also have five children together.

Past Records

In his career as a military man and in public service, he was :
  • Platoon Commander, 2nd Infantry battalion, 1963-1964;
  • Mechanical Transport Officer, Lagos Garrison, 1964-1965;
  • Transport Company Commander, 2nd Infantry Brigade, 1965-1966;
  • Battalion Adjutant/Commander, 2nd Infantry Division, August 1967-October 1968;
  • Brigade Major, 2nd sector, 1st Infantry Division, April to July, 1967;
  • Brigade Major, 3rd Infantry Division, August 1967-October 1968;
  • Acting Commander, 4th Sector, 1st Division, November 1968 to February 1970;
  • Commander, 31st Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, February 1970 to June 1971;
  • Assistant Adjutant-General, 1st Infantry Division Headquarters, July 1971 to December 1972;
  • Colonel, General Staff, 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters, January 1974 to September 1974;
  • Acting Director Supply and Transport, Nigerian Army Corps, Headquarters, September 1974 to July 1975;
  • Military Governor, North Eastern State of Nigeria, August 1975 to March 1976;
  • Federal Commissioner for Petroleum and Natural Resources, March 1976 to June 1978;
  • Chairman, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, June 1978 to June 1979;
  • Military Secretary, Army Headquarters, July 1978 - June 1979;
  • Member, Supreme Military Council, July 1978 - June 1979;
  • General Officer Commanding, 4th Infantry Division, August 1980 to January 1981;
  • General Officer Commanding, 3rd Armoured Division, November 1981 - December 1983;
  • Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, December 1983 to August 1985.
  • Executive Chairman, Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund (PTF), March 1995 to May 1999.

Major-General Buhari was selected as Head of State to lead the country by middle and high-ranking military officers after a successful military coup d'etat that overthrew civilian President Shehu Shagari on 31 December 1983. At the time, Buhari was head of the Third Armored Division of Jos.[12] Buhari was appointed Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, and Tunde Idiagbon was appointed Chief of General Staff (the de facto No. 2 in the administration). Buhari justified the military's seizure of power by castigating the civilian government as hopelessly corrupt, and his administration subsequently initiated a public campaign against indiscipline known as "War Against Indiscipline" (WAI).
In order to reform the economy, as Head of State, Buhari started to rebuild the nation's social-political and economic systems, along the realities of Nigeria's austere economic conditions. The rebuilding included removing or cutting back the excesses in national expenditure, obliterate or remove completely corruption from the nation's social ethics, shifting from mainly public sector employment to self-employment. Buhari also encouraged import substitution industrialisation based to a great extent on the use of local materials and he tightened importation.
On 7 May 1984, Buhari announced publicly for the first time his administration's 1984 National Budget. The budget had in it::
  • A temporary ban on recruiting federal public sector workers
  • Raising of Interest rates
  • Halting Capital Projects
  • Prohibition of borrowing by State governments
  • 15 percent cut from Shagari's 1983 Budget
  • Realignment of import duties
  • Reducing the balance of payment deficit by cutting imports
  • It also gave priority to the importation of raw materials and spare parts that were needed for agriculture and industry.
  • Other economic measures by Buhari took the form of counter trade, currency change, price reduction of goods and services.
Buhari's regime is one remembered for a strict campaign against indiscipline and corruption, and for its human rights abuses. The public impression of his 20 months as Nigeria's leader is mixed:
About 500 politicians, officials and businessmen were jailed as part of a campaign against waste and corruption. Some saw this as the heavy-handed repression of military rule. But others remember it as a praiseworthy attempt to fight the endemic graft that prevented Nigeria's development.
He retains a rare reputation for honesty among Nigeria's politicians, both military and civilian, largely because of this campaign. As part of his "War Against Indiscipline", he ordered Nigerians to form neat queues at bus stops, under the sharp eyes of whip-wielding soldiers. Civil servants who were late for work were publicly humiliated by being forced to do frog jumps. He also introduced a notorious decree to restrict press freedom, under which two journalists were jailed.
However, his attempts to re-balance public finances by curbing imports led to many job losses and the closure of businesses. As part of anti-corruption measures, he also ordered that the currency be replaced - the colour of the naira notes were changed - forcing all holders of old notes to exchange them at banks within a limited period. Prices rose while living standards fell.
In August 1985, Major General Buhari was himself overthrown in a coup led by General Ibrahim Babangida and other members of the ruling Supreme Military Council (SMC). Babangida brought many of Buhari's most vocal critics into his administration, including Fela Kuti's brother Olukoye Ransome-Kuti, a doctor who had led a strike against Buhari to protest declining health care services. Buhari was then detained in Benin City until 1988.
Buhari served as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF 1995-1999), a body created by the government of General Sani Abacha, and funded from the revenue generated by the increase in price of petroleum products, to pursue developmental projects around the country. A 1998 report in New African praised the PTF under Buhari for its transparency, calling it a rare "success story". However, the same report also noted that critics had questioned the PTF's allocation of 20% of its resources to the military, which the critics feared would not be accountable for the revenue.


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News on Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria's Buhari assigns new ministers - CNA

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Buhari knocked for ordering ministers to report to Kyari - The Punch

Retain post of petroleum minister, group urges Buhari - The Punch

Critics in Nigeria Troubled by Low Number of Women in Buhari's Cabinet List - VOA News

President Buhari appoints Timipre Silva as minister of state for petroleum - Oil Review Africa

PDP chairman speaks on the state of the economy under Buhari - Legit.ng

Buhari announces new heads of MDAs - The Punch

Buhari re-appoints Adesina, Shehu, Akande as spokespersons - The Punch

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Buhari raises 'Chief Sam' to oil portfolio - Upstream Online

Ali Pantami appointed Nigeria's new Minister of Communication - ITWeb Africa

My administration has invested N1.3trn on education —Buhari - The Punch

President Buhari approves new appointments - Legit.ng

Nigeria: 12 Ministers Buhari Retained in Previous Portfolios - AllAfrica - Top Africa News

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Nigeria’s projected 411 million population frightening —Buhari - The Punch

Buhari unbundles ministries, merges, creates others - The Punch

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari Condones, Promotes Corruption, Opposition Party Claims - SaharaReporters.com

Nigeria suspends graft recovery boss over 'financial impropriety' - The National

Nigeria's Buhari condemns Borno state attack, orders manhunt: statement - Reuters

PHOTOS: Buhari inaugurates ministers - The Punch

Buhari reappoints Imoukhuede as SSA on Job Creation - The Punch

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Presidential aides: Buhari reappoints Femi Adesina, Garba Shehu - Legit.ng

Presidential election tribunal: No law requires me to produce my certificate - Buhari - Legit.ng

Geopolitical Zones: How President Buhari assigned portfolios - P.M. News

Nigeria: How Nigeria Pulled Out of Recession Under My Watch - Buhari - AllAfrica - Top Africa News

APC will fizzle out with President Buhari, says Shehu Sani - Legit.ng

More have been killed under Buhari – Secondus - The Punch

Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari sworn in for second term as president - Aljazeera.com

IBB at 78: Buhari salutes former head of state for his contributions to Nigeria - Legit.ng

Insecurity: Identify, kill all bandits, Buhari orders military - The Punch

Certificate Forgery: Buhari's Embattled Anti-Corruption Chairman, Obono-Obla, Blames Osinbajo For Downfall - SaharaReporters.com

Confirmed: Senator Omoworare In, Senator Ita Enang Out As Buhari's Special Aide - SaharaReporters.com

Buhari reappoints three presidential aides - Premium Times

Nigerians Re-Elect Muhammadu Buhari As President - NPR

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Niger Deltans React to Akpabio, Keyamo's Appointments As Ministers For The Region - SaharaReporters.com

Insecurity: More Have Been Killed Under Buhari Than During Civil War, Uche Secondus Claims - SaharaReporters.com

VIDEO: Buhari receives Liberia’s highest national honour - The Punch

Africa at a glance - The East African

Nigeria opposition figure arrested for calling for revolution: security services - The East African

UK judge to allow firm to try to seize $9 billion in Nigerian assets in gas dispute - Reuters

What Buhari promised me while dissolving last cabinet – Amaechi - Daily Post Nigeria

Presidential election tribunal: Buhari chides Atiku for 'most worthless petition' - Legit.ng

Buhari Replaces NCC Executive Commissioner, Others - Channels Television

Nigerian President Buhari denies death and body double rumours - BBC News

In photos: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari - CNN

Buhari’s minister, Sharon Ikeazor reveals real reasons she was appointed - Daily Post Nigeria

New ministers: Under Buhari, non-Fulanis are slaves – Fani-Kayode - Daily Post Nigeria

Buhari swears in Tanko as substantive CJN - The Punch

Buhari inaugurates CBN's N7bn centre of excellence - Daily Trust

Buhari’s Cabinet Is ‘Heavily Political,’ Says Adebajo - Channels Television

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility - Premium Times

President Buhari, others to attend Odigie-Oyegun’s birthday - Legit.ng

Buhari makes three more appointments - Daily Post Nigeria

Nigerians got poorer in Muhammadu Buhari’s first term - The Economist

Nigeria election: Muhammadu Buhari supporters celebrate in Abuja - BBC News

Obasanjo Writes Buhari on Nigerian Insecurity - Council on Foreign Relations

Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari’s First Four Years in Four Charts - Bloomberg

Has Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari honoured his promises? - Al Jazeera English

Buhari dismisses criticism following suspension of country's top judge - CNN

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Real reason Buhari appointed me women affairs minister – Pauline Tallen - Daily Post Nigeria

Labour seeks Buhari’s intervention over minimum wage - Premium Times

Portfolios Of Women Who Made It To Buhari’s Cabinet - Channels Television

Buhari appoints Salau, re-appoints Femi Adesina, Garba Shehu, others - P.M. News

Muhammadu Buhari has big ambitions for Nigerian manufacturing - The Economist

Update: Buhari assigns portfolios to ministers, strips Fashola of Power - P.M. News

Nanono takes charge at Nigeria’s agriculture ministry - Premium Times

Buhari govt moves to recover N614 billion from 35 States - Daily Post Nigeria

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Address By His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria At The Presidential - The Nigerian Voice

Muhammadu Buhari promises to take Nigeria to the 'next level' after winning second term - The National

Nigeria’s Buhari Says Made-in-Africa Key to Success of Free-Trade Deal - Bloomberg

Nigerian president: I am alive, not a body double - USA TODAY

Meet Buhari’s Minister ‘Who Rose From Errand Boy To CEO In 16years’ - Channels Television

Court refuses to grant application stopping inauguration of ministers - Premium Times

BREAKING: Buhari begins swearing-in of ministers - Daily Post Nigeria

Nigeria’s returning president has a chance to make amends - Financial Times

Muhammadu Buhari Nigeria presidential re-election threatened by terror, economy - Washington Times

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Muhammadu Buhari: Nigeria's anti-corruption crusader - FRANCE 24

Ministerial appointments lift stock market index by N121b - Guardian Nigeria

Nigeria election: Buhari battles body double rumours and economic woe - The Guardian

Nigeria’s Buhari Condemns Attack That Killed 37 in Sokoto - Bloomberg

Nigeria’s president sworn in amid criticism of his first term - The Irish Times

Opinion: Nigeria's Buhari has failed to deliver - DW (English)

President Buhari Returns to Nigeria, Facing Serious Challenges - The New York Times

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Nigeria's Buhari on 'private visit' to Britain: presidency - The East African

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Buhari names stadium after democracy icon Abiola - The East African

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