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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

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari Must Resign - Foreign Policy

Nigeria's Buhari Warns Rising Banditry a Threat to Food Security - Bloomberg

Nigeria's President Buhari under fire because of growing security concerns - DW (English)

Muhammadu Buhari: Nigeria president say some pipo mercilessly dey against dis kontri - BBC News

Nigerian President Asks for U.S. Support to Tackle Insecurity - Bloomberg

Who runs Nigeria when Buhari is visiting UK hospitals? - The Africa Report

Muhammadu Buhari: Presidency warn say forceful change of goment by religious and ethnic leaders no fit happun - BBC News

Nigeria President's son-in-law wanted in fraud probe - Africanews English

Nigeria's Buhari Restores Oil Permits Revoked from China's Addax - Bloomberg

Muhammadu Buhari: Fr Ejike Mbaka ask President of Nigeria to resign, how Nigerians react - BBC News

Chad president: Muhammadu Buhari mourn Idriss Deby say im death go create vacuum in di fight against Boko Haram - BBC News

Nigerian president Buhari returns from UK after medical check-up - cgtn.com

Buhari departs for Paris on Sunday | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World NewsNigeria — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News - Guardian

Eid al-fitr 2021 wishes: Eid prayers fotos from Buhari Aso Rock & around Nigeria - BBC News

Nigeria Governors Demand President Speak on Security Worries - Bloomberg

In a Reversal, Nigeria Wants U.S. Africa Command Headquarters in Africa - Council on Foreign Relations

Nigeria: Anxiety Over Deteriorating Security Morphing Into Panic - Council on Foreign Relations

"Nation is on fire": Nigerian lawmakers demand action on security crisis - Reuters

Muhammadu Buhari pledges to crack down on banditry to preserve food security - Ecofin Agency: Economic information from Africa

Nigeria offers support to Chad after leaders meet - Gulf Times

How Lawmakers Bickered over Plan to Impeach Buhari - THISDAY Newspapers

China Loan at Risk as Nigeria Faces New Claim Over Power Deal - Bloomberg

Again, Northern Groups Call for Buhari’s Resignation over Insecurity - THISDAY Newspapers

Campbell: How Buhari Can Save Nigeria from Implosion - THISDAY Newspapers

International community should teach Israel lesson: Turkish president - Anadolu Agency | English

Buhari's aide Adesina blames Nigeria's security challenges on 'evil forces' - Premium Times

Six killed at southern Nigerian police station - spokesman - Reuters

Israel-Palestine crisis updates: World leaders react to Jerusalem crisis for Gaza, Tel Aviv - BBC News

Wetin you need to know about di National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons wey President Buhari form wey to control small arms sake of insecurity - BBC News

Muhammadu Buhari: Nigeria’s leader remains aloof - Financial Times

Aisha Alhassan "Mama Taraba" dead: Buhari former Minister of Women Affairs don die - BBC News

Buhari, others mourn Dogonyaro at 80 - Guardian

How NNPC tackled DPR, pushed Buhari to return revoked oilfields to Addax - Premium Times

Africa commits to cut 32% of emissions by 2030 - Africanews English

Nigeria's Buhari Takes Medical Trip Abroad Before Doctor Strike - Bloomberg

#EndSars shows that Muhammadu Buhari is the biggest threat to Nigeria’s democracy - The Washington Post

Buhari pledges support for smooth transition in Chad - The Punch

Buhari meets service chiefs over insecurity -- third time in 12 days - TheCable

Adekeye Adebajo | Buhari's sacrilegious violation of Pax Africana - Jamaica Gleaner

Buhari reaffirms commitment to press freedom, urges respect for ethics Buhari describes press freedom as - Premium Times

Port boss suspended - Port Strategy

Buhari, Lawan, Gbajabiamila, others observe Eid prayer at Aso Villa - Guardian Nigeria

Insecurity: Buhari should convene national dialogue – ADC chairman - Premium Times - Premium Times

Previous Post Buhari hosts Nigerien President, Mohamed Bazoum - Premium Times

Stop attacking Buhari, he has restructured Nigeria, Yahaya Bello slams Southern Govs - The Punch

Nigerians Hopeful but Skeptical as Buhari Opens New Year With Promises - Voice of America

Uzodimma to critics: Allow Buhari to function -- it's his time - TheCable

Nigeria: Lookback at Buhari’s legacy, as potential successors crop up - The Africa Report

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari Meets with Wang Yi - MFA China

Nigeria: President Buhari's war on Boko Haram 'far from over' - DW (English)

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Insecurity: Why National Assembly won't call for Buhari's impeachment - Senator - Premium Times

Muhammadu Buhari: Nigeria President go harder on criminals, insist to shoot anyone wit AK-47 illegally - BBC News

Nigeria: Buhari Warns Against Attacks On Security Formations - AllAfrica.com

Buhari suspends NPA MD, Hadiza Usman, approves investigative probe panel - Nairametrics

Mbaka apologises: Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka apologise to Catholic Church, ask Bishop to rest case - BBC News

Nigeria's President Buhari Sets Up Council to Boost Growth, Cut Poverty - Bloomberg

President Buhari calls for Nigerians to follow his vaccine lead - Reuters

Muhammadu Buhari: Key tins Nigeria President 2021 New Year's Day speech - BBC News

Nigeria: Buhari Mourns Victims of Insecurity, Condemns Nationwide Bloodletting - AllAfrica.com

Buhari government declares support for under fire PantamiNigeria - Guardian

Nigeria reiterates crucial role of biometric national ID, updates SIM registration policy - Biometric Update

President Muhammadu Buhari return to Nigeria afta UK medical trip' - BBC News

Freed Nigeria Schoolboys Meet President Muhammadu Buhari - The New York Times

Nigeria’s Buhari overhauls military as security crisis worsens - Financial Times

Muhammadu Buhari: We no apologise to President - House of Representatives - BBC News

Xi Jinping Exchanges Messages with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Establishment of the China-Nigeria Diplomatic Relations - MFA China

Staccato voices over open grazing ban: Feasibility versus alternatives - Guardian

Buhari Fires Nigeria's Top Generals and Appoints Replacements - The New York Times

Erdogan's diplomacy traffic intensifies to end Israeli attacks on Palestinians - Anadolu Agency | English

Tafsir: Buhari prays for Nigeria’s unity, peace - Punch Newspapers

148 dead as Israel-Palestine conflict enters sixth day, AP, Al Jazeera building destroyed - Punch Newspapers

To President Buhari: ‘There is still time to become Nigeria’s universal health coverage hero’ - The Africa Report

President Muhammadu Buhari order Nigeria security to stop violence - BBC News

Buhari approved 316 duplicated projects, others in 2021 budget – BudgIT - Guardian

UNAIDS Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima, meets with President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari - UNAIDS

Ignore Calls For Secession, Group Tells Buhari - LEADERSHIP NEWS

Six years of excuses, 22 years of locusts - Part 3Opinion — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News - Guardian

Nigeria: Buhari’s legacy is one of ‘missed opportunities and inaction’ says analyst - The Africa Report

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari Names Abdulrasheed Bawa New EFCC Chairman - Bloomberg

Nigeria's Buhari promises police reform; one protester killed - Reuters

HURIWA accuses FIRS of witch-hunt for demanding 70m income tax - Guardian

President Muhammadu Buhari dey beg Nigerians not to divide di kontri - BBC News

Four things wey go affect Nigerians inside President Muhammadu Buhari Christmas message - BBC News

Ex-Liberian president 'disheartened' by suspension of Hadiza as NPA MD - TheCable

Nigerian president appeals for calm after soldiers fire at protesters - Reuters UK

Nigeria: Sabiu Yusuf, President Buhari’s link to the outside world - The Africa Report

Nigerian President Buhari Shuffles Military Service Chiefs - Council on Foreign Relations

Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari calls for calm after clashes in southwest Oyo state - The Straits Times

Buhari visit Bamako Mali: How Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari first trip abroad since coronavirus pandemic go be - BBC News

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Nigerian Media’s Unsubstantiated Claims that U.S. Agencies Investigating Corruption by Buhari's Inner Circle - Council on Foreign Relations

Nigerians hungrier now, thanks to Buhari’s policy on food imports - The Africa Report

Easter message: Buhari tell Christians for Nigeria to 'show love and apreciation' - BBC News

Nigerian president expresses 'overwhelming joy' over release of kidnapped schoolgirls - Reuters

EDITORIAL: Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari misses chance to empathise - Business Day

Nigeria's president approves set up of $2.6 billion infrastructure firm - Reuters

Coronavirus: President Muhammadu Buhari don extend PTF mandate on Covid-19 to March 2021 - BBC News

Covid 19 in Nigeria: Buhari Coronavirus Disease Health Protection 2021 law make face mask compulsory in public - BBC News

Nigeria News: Buhari, Economic & Financial Crimes Commission - Bloomberg

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