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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 Presents 10.33 Trillion Naira Spending Plan - Bloomberg

Nigeria, South Africa to set up early warning system over attacks - Al Jazeera English

Nigerian president vows crackdown on abusive Islamic schools - Aljazeera.com

Ramaphosa to host Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in state visit - News24

Police free hundreds of males, some chained and beaten, from Nigerian school in third raid this month - KFGO News

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Nigerian protesters demand to meet Buhari - eNCA

Nigerians in S. Africa Unhappy that Buhari Failed to Deliver - The Washington Informer

Nigeria looks to sign military cooperation deal with Russia this month - Reuters

Aisha speaks on the President Buhari wedding that never was - Pulse Nigeria

After Xenophobic Attacks, Nigeria and South Africa Try to Reset Ties - World Politics Review

UPDATE 1-Nigeria govt can't recover $62 bln sought from oil majors -minister - Reuters

Africa in the news: South Africa-Nigeria relations, U.S. embassy in Somalia, and UNECA, AU recommend tax reforms - Brookings Institution

Illar da Fatima Mamman Daura ta yi ga nagartar shugaban kasa Muhammadu Buhari- Samuel Ajayi - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

Hundreds throng Aso Rock mosque for Juma’at with Buhari - The Punch

WATCH: Nigerian President's visit to SA - eNCA

For Nigeria, economic and national security rank higher than trade - The Africa Report

SA, Nigeria mend strained relations - SowetanLIVE

Buhari signs five bills passed by eighth National Assembly - The Punch

Buhari reduces ministers’ foreign trips, cuts their estacodes - The Punch

Boko Haram: Nigeria will continue seeking help from global community —Buhari - The Punch

Nigeria’s 2020 budget is unsustainable, say analysts - The Africa Report

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Buhari, ex-President Jonathan meet in Aso Rock - The Punch

CYRIL RAMAPHOSA: South Africa’s future lies in Africa - EWN

Buhari asks Senate to approve N10bn for Kogi - The Punch

Despite Buhari's Visit, Another Nigerian Killed In South Africa - SaharaReporters.com

Ramaphosa apologises to Nigeria for xenophobic attacks on its citizens in SA - EWN

President Buhari is not marrying a second wife - Femi Adesina - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

UNILAG: Speak out, Buhari tells sexual abuse victims - The Punch

Buhari Going To UN General Assembly Without Definite Objective –PDP - SaharaReporters.com

Reps to reopen electoral bill rejected by Buhari - The Punch

Muhammadu Buhari Wins Second Term as Nigeria’s President - The New York Times

Presidential aide urges support for Buhari’s efforts - P.M. News

Nigeria: PDP Kicks As Buhari Asks Senate to Approve Payment of N10.06 Billion for Kogi - AllAfrica.com

Nigerian President Buhari sworn in for second term, facing key security challenges - CNN

2020 Budget: Buhari stops ministers, other government officials from foreign travels - Premium Times

Buhari vows to review high cost of governance - Pulse Nigeria

In photos: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari - CNN

Buhari’s Bombshell: International NGOs scamming Nigeria - P.M. News

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Senate Urges Buhari To Declare State Of Emergency On Federal Roads - SaharaReporters.com

Border closure yielding good results —Buhari - The Punch

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Lessons From Nigeria’s Militarized Democratic Experiment - The New York Times

Buhari Commiserates With Victims Of Floods - Channels Television

FDI’s rating vindicates Buhari’s policy on economy – BMO - P.M. News

Nigeria imposes strict measures on VIPs' travel plans - cgtn.com

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

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

Buhari in the eyes of fake news merchants - The Nation Newspaper

Nigeria: Buhari Replaces Osinbajo-Led Economic Management Team - AllAfrica.com

Ministers to submit travel plans to SGF for approval - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

Nigeria says it won't discuss xenophobic attacks on its citizens in SA at UN - EWN

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

Buhari meets members of Economic Advisory Council - The Punch

Buhari, Magoro and the reunion of class of 84/85 - TheCable

Muhammadu Buhari has big ambitions for Nigerian manufacturing - The Economist

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

Investors dump SA bonds; Ramaphosa to meet Buhari; Classic FM business rescue; Aspen, Woolies - BizNews

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

Obasanjo Writes Buhari on Nigerian Insecurity - Council on Foreign Relations

President Buhari approves deployment of e-customs to secure borders - Political Analysis South Africa

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

Reverse your judgment on Buhari’s election - HDP tells S/Court - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

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

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

Nobel Peace Prize: Buhari congratulates Ethiopian PM - The Punch

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

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

Buhari Hosts Para Powerlifting World Cup Flag-off at the Villa - THISDAY Newspapers

Buhari’s new economic advisory council - The Punch

Nigeria's President Buhari submits list of cabinet nominees to Senate - Reuters

Nigeria's Buhari to visit South Africa after attacks - Reuters

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Nigeria’s Buhari to Send Envoy to South Africa Over Violence - Bloomberg

Nigeria election 2019: Atiku Abubakar challenges Muhammadu Buhari - BBC News

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari denies claims that he died and was replaced by a clone - CBS News

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

Nigeria: what Muhammadu Buhari's re-election means for Africa's biggest economy - The Conversation UK

Nigeria's Buhari Signals 4 More Years Much Like Last - Voice of America

Nigerian Court Upholds President Buhari’s Election Victory - Bloomberg

Nigeria's president: Disrupt vote at the 'expense of your life' - Aljazeera.com

Why Buhari's long-awaited cabinet leaves a lot to be desired - The Conversation - Africa

Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari names cabinet after long delay - Business Day

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

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari denies he died and was replaced by clone - Sky News

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

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

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

The risk of further bloodshed and oil disruption remains high as Nigeria re-elects its president - CNBC

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

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

Nigerian President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari Sets Out His Agenda - New York Times

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

Nigerian president Buhari to seek re-election in 2019 - Reuters

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

Nigeria’s President Draws Criticism for Seeking Medical Care Abroad - The New York Times

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, Returns Home, but His Health Remains a Mystery - The New York Times

‘It’s the real me’: Nigerian leader denies dying, being replaced by clone - South China Morning Post

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