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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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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari arrival at airport in Abuja - WDRB

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Buhari orders prompt payment of salaries over COVID-19 - Guardian

Buhari directs Army to flush out bandits from Sokoto, Plateau states - TVC News

Buhari's daughter isolated after return from UK - Guardian Nigeria

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Coronavirus: While Buhari keeps mum, other African leaders are speaking up - Premium Times

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Presidency refutes report of attack on Buhari in Kebbi - Guardian Nigeria

Buhari felicitates with Oshiomhole at 68 - Guardian

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How Buhari's Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari's, Private Treatment Violates Quarantine Act - SaharaReporters.com

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COVID-19: Buhari govt hints on date for ending lockdown - Daily Post Nigeria

I can't read Buhari to know if he's okay with me - Oshiomhole - Premium Times

Weekly Economic Index: President Buhari's full address on COVID-19, Further naira devaluation likely - Ventures Africa

Forum Tells Buhari, Governors To Begin Payment Of Stipend To Low-income Earners Over Coronavirus Lockdown - SaharaReporters.com


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Muhammadu Buhari As Negotiator And Savior Of 'repentant' Boko Haram Islamist Terrorists - Perspectives By Erasmus Ikhide - TODAY NEWS AFRICA

Fiction, Faction And Presidential Marabouts As COVID-20 By Festus Adedayo - SaharaReporters.com

Buhari Approves Immediate Postponement Of National Sports Festival - Channels Television

COVID-19 is a National emergency, Buhari’s Govt must Change tactics – NEF - Vanguard

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari 'floors' Anthony Joshua - BBC News

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Buhari salutes celebrity journalist Mayor Akinpelu on 60th birthday - - The Eagle Online

COVID-19: Governors back lockdown, cash transfers to Nigerians, make demands on Buhari - Daily Post Nigeria

‘Buhari will start real governance after . . .’ - Vanguard

Nigeria's Buhari saga: The fake wedding, the president and the family feud - BBC News

Buhari thanks Tinubu, Adenuga, Alakija, banks, others - The Nation Newspaper

COVID-19: Fani-Kayode cautions Buhari against Coronavirus vaccine, masks from China - Daily Post Nigeria

Lockdown: Nigerian govt plans digital training for citizens - Premium Times

Buhari mourns as two eminent Kano citizens die - - The Eagle Online

Crises like Covid-19 separate real leaders from mere office holders - The East African

Buhari: Pastor Andimi's Faith Should Inspire All Nigerians - ChristianityToday.com

Lagos may extend lockdown, says Sanwo-Olu - The Punch

SGF speaks on rumoured sack of Buhari's CoS, Abba Kyari - Daily Trust

New Emir of Kano visits President Muhammadu Buhari - Naija247news

No Licence Issued For 5G In Nigeria – Pantami - Channels Television

Lockdown: Open food reserve centres for Nigerians now, PDP Reps tell Buhari - Vanguard

Coronavirus: Human Right Commission warns against impunity by law enforcement agents - Premium Times

Nigeria’s Buhari Reiterates He Won’t Seek Third Term - Bloomberg

Buhari Leaves Deputy Looking Weak Amid Nigeria Succession Talk - Bloomberg

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

Who Writes Buhari’s Speeches? - Vanguard

What I discussed with Buhari – Gov. Diri - Premium Times

COVID-19: How Abba Kyari’s ailment exposed ‘Jubril Al-Sudani’ – Nnamdi Kanu - Daily Post Nigeria

Muhammadu Buhari sparks dismay over policy shift on food imports - Financial Times

Buhari's Dictatorial Past and the Rule of Law Today in Nigeria - Council on Foreign Relations

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Nigerian newspaper says it will now call President Buhari a 'military dictator' - CNN

Coronavirus: Five-year-old donates N950 savings towards medical supplies - Premium Times

Nigeria’s President Buhari Says He Won’t Seek Third Term - Bloomberg

Nigeria’s Buhari Presents 10.33 Trillion Naira Spending Plan - Bloomberg

Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari promises Africans visas on arrival - BBC News

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Nigerian tribunal rejects bid to overturn Buhari's election - Aljazeera.com

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Muhammadu Buhari: Nigeria's converted democrat comes back from the brink - Reuters

Buhari’s security credentials dented by feuding officials - The Africa Report

Buhari's Attacks on the Press in Nigeria Continue Unabated - Council on Foreign Relations

Buhari orders reduction in fuel price - Premium Times

Nigeria’s Buhari Resurrects Hard-Man Habits to Curb Dissent - Bloomberg

With the arrest of a prominent journalist, Nigeria’s Buhari is up to his old tricks - Washington Post

Sparks fly between Nigeria’s President Buhari and Vice-President Osinbajo - RFI English

President Orders Payment Of Workers' Salaries - Leadership Newspaper

In photos: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari - CNN

CBN temporarily suspends settlement of failed Visa and Verve card transactions - Nairametrics

Nigeria's Supreme Court upholds President Buhari's election win - Al Jazeera English

Nigeria elections: Buhari denies third term bid - Quartz Africa

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

Nigeria's Buhari signals four more years like the last - Reuters

Muhammadu Buhari: Slavery still exists. We must take action. - The Washington Post

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Factbox: Key figures in Nigerian President Buhari's second cabinet - Reuters UK

South African attacks on foreigners shame the continent, says Buhari - Reuters

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

Coronavirus: Nigeria Set To Evacuate Citizens Abroad - NAIJA NEWS - Nigeria News

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

US travel ban: Nigeria's Buhari to comply with Trump's new visa rules - BBC News

Muhammadu Buhari has big ambitions for Nigerian manufacturing - The Economist

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