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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: Muhammadu Buhari sworn in amid criticism [The Morning Call] - Africanews English

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

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

Muhammadu Buhari has big ambitions for Nigerian manufacturing - The Economist

A crack appears in Nigeria's embrace of press freedom - Star Tribune

VIDEO: Buhari meets APC governors - The Punch

Buhari’s pointless electoral win in the ill-formed organism called Nigeria - The East African

Buhari condemns Borno viewing centre bombing - The Punch

Suicide bombers kill at least 30 in northeastern Nigeria - The Washington Post

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

Nigeria: Listen to Obasanjo, Others, Fulani Leaders Urge Buhari - AllAfrica - Top Africa News

Zamfara Attacks: President Buhari Streamlines Security In North West - SaharaReporters.com

Rwandan President Paul Kagame meets Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja - cgtn.com

Names Of Ministers: Buhari To Submit List To Senate Before July 2 - SaharaReporters.com

Buhari Countdown Calendar: 1444 Days - The Punch

EU deplores 'systemic failings' in Nigerian election - EURACTIV

If President Muhammadu Buhari disappears - The Punch

Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari skips inauguration dinner - nation.co.ke

Buhari, Weah hold meeting - The Punch

Nigeria: The Task of Converting Honour to Dividends - AllAfrica.com

EU Casts Aspersion On Buhari's Re-election, Says Presidential Poll Not Transparent - SaharaReporters.com

Prophet Gbulie to Buhari: You won the election but lost Nigeria - Legit.ng

Buhari signs June 12 bill - The Punch

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

Buhari congratulates Lawan, Gbajabiamila - The Punch

Workers task Buhari to prioritise pension payments - Pulse Nigeria

Omo-Agege says Senate will cooperate with Buhari to succeed - The Punch

Nigeria awaiting Muhammadu Buhari's approval of impact assessment to join the continental free trade zone (trade minister) - Ecofin Agency: Economic information from Africa

Nigeria: More Nigerians to Get Our Visa - China - AllAfrica.com

Buhari confirms Adamu as Police IG - The Punch

Buhari commends good Nigerians abroad - P.M. News

Buhari not to blame for our lack of representation in NASS leadership - Southeast lawmaker - Legit.ng

Muhammadu Buhari rejoices with Super Falcons of Nigeria after win against Korea - Legit.ng

Appoint SGF from South East, Group beg Buhari - Vanguard

Buhari expresses shock over Katsina killings, orders speedy intervention - The Punch

Tinubu meets Buhari in Saudi Arabia, attacks PDP - The Punch

Why Buhari would submit list of ministers in July - Pulse Nigeria

Photo News: Buhari, APC governors hold closed doors meeting in Abuja - P.M. News

Be focused to deliver on promises - CIPP urges Buhari - Legit.ng

Buhari sends message to ex-Minister Amaechi - Daily Post Nigeria

I’ll neutralize banditry, terrorism, kidnapping - Buhari - Legit.ng

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari wins a second term - The Economist

Buhari, “next level” and the burden of expectations - P.M. News

Ganduje meets Buhari behind closed doors - P.M. News

Ministerial appointment: Tinubu makes demand from Buhari - Daily Post Nigeria

Buhari caught in Shiites’ protest at National Mosque - The Punch

JUST IN: Buhari returns to Abuja from lesser Hajj - The Punch

Coalition slams Ohanaeze for asking Buhari to consider Ndigbo for SGF position - Legit.ng

Peter Obi warns Nigeria is gradually collapsing under Buhari - Pulse Nigeria

Buhari hosts Ooni, Sultan, Sanusi, others to Iftar - The Punch

Group hails Buhari's war against corruption - Pulse Nigeria

Muhammadu Buhari is starting out on a scary note - Vanguard

Africa in the news: AfCFTA enters into force, South Africa and Senegal tackle climate change, and presidents inaugurated in Nigeria and Malawi - Brookings Institution

Buhari arrives Ogun to commission Amosun’s projects - The Punch

Buhari may appoint Ambode, Bindow and Abubakar as ministers - Pulse Nigeria

INSECURITY: CENTREP urges Buhari to decentralise, fund Police - Vanguard

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

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

Whistle-blowing policy may not outlive Buhari, says panel - Guardian

FULL VALEDICTORY SPEECH: Be Proud You Were Part Of A Government That Ended Boko Haram, Buhari Tells Outgoing Ministers - SaharaReporters.com

Cabinet: Buhari to consult national, state APC leaders - Legit.ng

Buhari shares Iftar meal with Zamfara Gov at Umrah, decries bandits’ onslaught - The Punch

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

Sanwo-Olu makes a U-turn, says I never promised to fix Apapa gridlock in 60 days - The Punch

CCB speaks on revealing details of President Buhari's assets - Daily Post Nigeria

In photos: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari - CNN

Ministerial appointment: Buhari under 'fire' over delay in unveiling cabinet - Daily Post Nigeria

Deja Vu as Buhari Takes Time to Name Cabinet - AllAfrica.com

Buhari's cabinet: Ambode being considered for “juicy” ministerial position - Aso Rock sources - Legit.ng

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

I Am Real And Not A Clone, Nigeria’s President Has Genuinely Said - BuzzFeed News

Institute Seeks Buhari Speedy Assent To Social Work Bill - Leadership Newspaper

Northwest Insecurity: Buhari Directs Implementation Of Long-Term Strategy - CHANNELS TELEVISION

Nigeria election 2019: Muhammadu Buhari gains commanding lead - BBC News

Stop labeling us as criminals – Nigerian High Commissioner tells Media - GhanaWeb

Who will be Nigeria's next president? | Muhammadu Buhari - Aljazeera.com

Nomination Fee: Court dismisses suit challenging Buhari's nomination for 2019 presidential election - Premium Times

Goje endorses Lawan for Senate Presidency after meeting Buhari - - Premium Times

Ya Allah My Du'a Is For Hajiya Zulaiha Muhammadu Buhari - Leadership Newspaper

President Muhammadu Buhari Condemns Sokoto Bandits Killings - The Nigerian Voice

My Dear President Muhammadu Buhari - Guardian Nigeria

Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari on holiday in UK [The Morning Call] - africanews

Nigeria's Buhari failed on economy but should win election - Quartz

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

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

President Buhari Responds to Recent Military Setbacks - Council on Foreign Relations

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

Nigeria Metele attack: President Buhari speaks of deep shock - BBC News

Nigeria postpones 2019 elections warning of crackdown on election tampering - PRI

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

Nigeria's Opposition Preys on President Buhari's Weakness: A Faltering Economy - OZY

A Months-Old Trump Insult of Buhari Surfaces Prior to Kenyatta Visit - Council on Foreign Relations

Political intrigue swirls around Buhari as May arrives in Nigeria - The Guardian

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

Atiku Appeals Buhari's Election Victory in Nigeria - Council on Foreign Relations

Nigeria leader says President Buhari 'can't hold fair election' - Al Jazeera English

Is Facebook undermining democracy in Africa? - BBC News

Nigerian Governor: Buhari Says Economy in 'Bad Shape' - VOA News

Nigeria's Buhari wins second term as president: electoral results - Reuters

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

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