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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

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Nigerian ex-President Muhammadu Buhari's signature forged to withdraw $6m, court hears - BBC

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As Buhari prepares to depart, Nigeria is in desperate need of serious reform - Financial Times

Shettima visits Buhari In Daura | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News — Nigeria - Guardian Nigeria

Muhammadu Buhari's Administration Was Never Progressive - Jacobin magazine

Vice President Shettima meets Buhari in Daura - Daily Post Nigeria

Video: Nigerians React as VP Kashim Shettima, Ministers, Senators, Others Visit Buhari in Daura - Legit.ng

EXCLUSIVE: I never authorised Mambilla settlement agreement with Sunrise, says Buhari | TheCable - TheCable

Vice President Shettima, Ministers Meet With Buhari In Daura Amid Hardship, Backlashes - SaharaReporters.com

Tinubu’s Headache: How multi-billion dollar corruption under Buhari hit economy — Investigation - Vanguard

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Buhari’s integrity: From attenuation to total wipe-out, by Adekunle Adekoya - Vanguard

Godwin Emefiele-led CBN, Tunde Sabiu: FG investigation find say no be Buhari but Tunde Sabiu give approval for naira redesign - BBC.com

Nigeria's Buhari Defends Election Outcome, Economic Record - Voice of America - VOA News

No development in Abuja during Buhari's regime; we've turned it into construction site: Wike - Peoples Gazette

Tinubu urged to probe $3.4bn IMF loan taken by Buhari - Punch Newspapers

Buhari destroyed Nigeria’s economy, he’s responsible for current hardship – Shehu Sani - Vanguard

No, Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari has not dissolved federal executive council - Africa Check

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari legacy for office afta eight years - BBC.com

Bidiyo: Ƴan Najeriya Sun Maida Martani Yayin da Mataimakin Tinubu da Ministoci Suka Ziyarci Buhari - Legit.ng - Legit Hausa

Explained: The political life of outgoing Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari - WION

Celebrating Muhammadu Buhari at 81: A legacy of dedication and selflessness | TheCable - TheCable

Top 13 facts about Buhari at 81 - Punch Newspapers

A Conversation with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari - United States Institute of Peace

I don’t miss Presidency much, says Buhari - Punch Newspapers

Senate Commences Probe Of N30trillion ‘Ways And Means’ Loan Taken By Buhari - SaharaReporters.com

Electricity: Reps probe Buhari's mass metering policy - Premium Times

Why Tinubu should recover his democratic credentials, reactivate progressive politics – Lukman - Blueprint Newspapers Limited

69 protesters killed, 189 journalists arrested under Buhari govt – Report - Punch Newspapers

Buhari: Nigerians too hard to govern | There probably was a cabal in my government - TheCable

Buhari: Why I didn't sack Emefiele over his purported presidential ambition | TheCable - TheCable

Cost of governance: Curious developments that may frustrate execution of Oronsaye report - Guardian Nigeria

Buhari says naira redesign not done to punish Nigerians - Punch Newspapers

Buhari’s nephew, not former President approved naira redesign – CBN investigator - Punch Newspapers

Buhari set Nigeria five decades backward — Clark - Punch Newspapers

Five worst corruption scandals under Buhari regime - Punch Newspapers

A time to pray and a time to work - Blueprint Newspapers Limited

PEAC: What we told President Buhari, By Muhammad Sagagi - Premium Times

Why Buhari refused to release his WASC result — Adesina - Punch Newspapers

Buhari took Nigeria 50 years backward, says Fayose — Daily Nigerian - Daily Nigerian

Shettima visits Buhari, Emir of Daura – FRCN HQ - Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria

Tinubu celebrates Buhari at 81 - Punch Newspapers

Senate to probe N30trn 'Ways and Means' obtained by Buhari administration from CBN - Premium Times

Buhari had regrets as president, says Adesina - Punch Newspapers

I don't miss being president, says Buhari | TheCable - TheCable

Hardship: Ozekhome Faults Tinubu For Blaming Buhari, Jonathan - Leadership News

How Nigerians react to President Buhari 'apology' - BBC.com

Nigeria lucky to regain control of North East, says Buhari - Punch Newspapers

'Where is Buhari's rice pyramid', PDP asks APC — Daily Nigerian - Daily Nigerian

No, Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari didn't say his successor Bola Tinubu wouldn't be sworn in until he was ... - Africa Check

JUST IN: I remain committed to Tinubu’s leadership — Buhari - Punch Newspapers

Buhari Destroyed Nigeria’s Economy, We’re Paying For His Mistakes – Shehu Sani - Channels Television

Probe panel on Buhari’s N30tr loan sits next week, to summon CBN officials - Guardian Nigeria

Buhari eulogises Akeredolu, Na'Abba, says he lost valued friends - TheCable

Ways And Means: How Senate Resolved To Probe Buhari - New Telegraph Newspaper

Claim of Buhari’s clone, ‘Jubril of Sudan’ ridiculous – Ex-presidential aide, Adesina - Punch Newspapers

Protest Against Hardship: "Stop Blaming Game", Tinubu Told - Legit.ng

Nigeria: President Tinubu begins demolition of Buhari’s economic legacy - The Africa Report

'He worked tirelessly for Nigeria's development' -- Fayemi salutes Buhari at 81 | TheCable - TheCable

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Dismantling of Muhammadu Buhari, By Ochereome Nnanna - Vanguard

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Buhari regretted some of his decisions as president – Adesina - Punch Newspapers

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A matter of principle, By Muhammadu Buhari - Premium Times

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FCC chair, secretary appointment by Buhari illegal – Court - Punch Newspapers

‘Don’t discredit Buhari’s achievements’ - Punch Newspapers

Media Trial: Is Tinubu's Obazee team a mirror of Buhari's Ode probe panel?, By Yushau A. Shuaib - Premium Times

Senate investigates N30trillion 'Ways and Means loan' by Buhari govt - Champion Newspapers

My government didn't do anything in secret - Buhari - Premium Times

Buhari wasn’t in charge of his govt, says Ndume - Punch Newspapers

Why I apologised to Nigerians at end of my tenure - Buhari - Premium Times

Customs blame revenue loss on waivers granted by Buhari - Punch Newspapers

Nigeria: Buhari has no preferred successor, spokesman says - Al Jazeera English

'Dan Gida Ya Fasa Kwai, Ya Jefi Gwamnatin Tinubu da Biyewa Manufofin Turawa - Legit.ng - Legit Hausa

Buhari served Nigeria with uncommon zeal, history will be kind to him - Tinubu - Premium Times

Enough of this Unending Blame Game - THISDAY Newspapers

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