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

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

Nigeria under Buhari has been crushing press freedom - Quartz Africa

Fowler requested tenure renewal from Buhari – Documents - The Punch

What’s in store for Nigeria as Buhari launches interventionist second term? - Financial Times

Buhari is most democratic ex-military head of state – Bello - The Nation Newspaper

Sowore: Sultan Of Sokoto Tells Buhari To Obey Court Orders - SaharaReporters.com

Buhari’s lawlessness: Our stand - The Punch

Nigerian secret service agents rubbish rule of law with court invasion - RFI

Oshiomhole’s fate: Govs plot to install Buhari’s successor - The Punch

Nigeria: 30th Wedding Anniversary - President Buhari Shares Throwback Photo With Aisha - AllAfrica - Top Africa News

Buhari condoles with Niger as terrorists kill 67 soldiers - The Punch

Nigeria Cries Fowl: Presidential Policy Makes Chicken, the National Dish, a Rare Bird - The Wall Street Journal

Anthony Joshua to present heavyweight belts to President Buhari - Pulse Nigeria

Here are the real reasons why Buhari fired Tinubu's man, Tunde Fowler, as FIRS boss - Pulse Nigeria

Sowore’s re-arrest, evidence of Buhari regime’s fascism — ADC chair - The Punch

Buhari in shock as terrorists kill 67 soldiers in Niger, 34 still missing - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

Nigeria's First Lady shreds President Buhari's Spokesman Garba Shehu over scrapping of her office - TODAY NEWS AFRICA

Who Advises Aisha Buhari; The Angry Matron Of The Villa? By Fredrick Nwabufo - SaharaReporters.com

Buhari travels to Egypt Tuesday - Premium Times

Amosun’s ex-aide joins FIRS board - The Punch

The Nigerian government's war on social media - TheArticle

Fears over crackdown on free speech as Nigeria refuses to release prominent journalist - CNN

EXTRA: Kano resident changes name to Muhammadu Buhari - TheCable

This is what Buhari’s new finance policy means for everyone [Explainer] - Pulse Nigeria

Letter to President Muhammadu Buhari - Guardian

Nigeria Builds Nation’s First Transportation University with Chinese Support - Khaosod English

Buhari congratulates inaugural winner of Africa Hero Award - Guardian

Sahara Reporters Sowore face of Nigeria's shrinking press freedom - Quartz Africa

Buhari sends 2020 FCT budget to National Assembly - The Punch

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

Cike da alfahari: Hotunan Buhari da Hanan bayan ta kammala digiri da sakamako mafi daraja - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

Buhari’s Spokesperson, Femi Adesina says Nigeria isn’t answerable to US, EU, others over Sowore’s arrest - Pulse Nigeria

Fani-Kayode cautions Buhari over alleged plot to remove Oyo governor - Guardian

Buhari meets APC state chairpersons, gives condition for re-election - Premium Times

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

Buhari returns to Nigeria from UK - Premium Times

Buhari seeking approval for $22.7 billion loan – DMO - The Punch

Anthony Joshua Will Present Belts To Buhari: Minister - Information Nigeria

Muiz Banire reacts to his, Fowler's sacking by Buhari - P.M. News

Kuskure mafi girma da Buhari zai yi a rayuwarsa - Fani Kayode - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

Why I Stopped Counselling President Buhari: Omokri - Information Nigeria

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

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

Buhari Leaves Deputy Looking Weak Amid Nigeria Succession Talk - Bloomberg

In photos: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari - CNN

Buhari, three govs depart for Egypt for peace forum - The Punch

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

2023: Prophet Chukwuma reveals what will happen to Buhari, Nigeria over third term agenda - Daily Post Nigeria

UPDATED: Buhari sacks Banire as AMCON chairman, names replacement - Premium Times

Nigeria News: Muhammadu Buhari and Questions About Yemi Osinbajo - Bloomberg

Buhari’s war against corruption - The Nation Newspaper

Nigeria: APC Governors Renew Moves Against Oshiomhole - AllAfrica.com

Buhari returns to Abuja - P.M. News

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

The sixteen 'Sins' of General Muhammadu Buhari - Daily Trust

ANALYSIS: World Human Rights Day: Nigerian govt clamps down on free speech - Premium Times

Despite IMF warnings, Buhari to spend N751 billion on fuel subsidy - Pulse Nigeria

Nigeria elections: Buhari denies third term bid - Quartz Africa

‘I can’t eat, I can’t sleep’, Sowore’s mother begs Buhari to release her son [Video] - Pulse Nigeria

Investment funds drying up, Buhari warns African oil producers - New Telegraph Newspaper

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

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

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

Nigeria’s Buhari Courts Market Advice He May Not Heed - Bloomberg

Buhari's $30bn loan request reignites debt-trap fears - New Telegraph Newspaper

Buhari salutes Joshua over Ruiz Jr. victory - New Telegraph Newspaper

Banire: Why I was disturbed after Buhari replaced me as AMCON chairman - TheCable

Buhari sends 2020 FCT budget to NASS - Daily Trust

Buhari, APC made Nigerians regret voting them in 2015 – Pastor Giwa - Daily Post Nigeria

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

‘Backward Lazy Youth’ – Buhari’s Aide Slams Twitter User - Information Nigeria

Buhari calls for multilateral approach to combat terrorism - Guardian

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

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

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

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

Nigeria's Buhari Faces Flak Over Cabinet Picks - VOA News

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

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

Nigeria's Buhari assigns cabinet portfolios, appoints new oil minister - Reuters

Nigerian govt directs Accountant-General, MDAs to publish daily financial statements - Premium Times

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

Nigeria’s NNPC Will Partner With Saudi Aramco to Revamp Refineries, Buhari Says - Bloomberg

Nigeria's President Buhari visits South Africa amid tensions over xenophobia - DW (English)

Nigeria's Buhari, Atiku make final pitches for support before delayed vote - Reuters

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

Nigeria election: Muhammadu Buhari vows to deal with vote riggers - BBC News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lesson from Algeria - The Nation Newspaper

Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano pipeline construction to begin soon- Buhari - Premium Times

Nigeria's President Buhari denies clone rumors: 'This is the real me' - CNN

'It's the real me': Nigerian president denies dying and being replaced by clone - The Guardian

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

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

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