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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, in last UN speech, slams 'corrosive impact' of leaders who cling to power - CNN

Buhari returns to Abuja after outing at UNGA77 in New York - Vanguard

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Buhari didn’t call for removal of Keyamo as APC campaign spokesperson – Presidency - Vanguard

An Open Letter To President Muhammadu Buhari - The Nigerian Voice

Buhari inaugurates Nigeria's Climate Change Council - Premium Times

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New Set Of Political Leaders Will Emerge In 2023 – Buhari - THEWILL NEWS MEDIA

Buhari: Illiterate President V. ASUU By Bayo Oluwasanmi - SaharaReporters.com

Buhari mourns ex-minister, Ogunlade, says his legacy will continue to modify lives - Daily Post Nigeria

Buhari arrives in Imo on working visit [Video] - Vanguard

Buhari blames Nigerian elite for insecurity, poor infrastructure - Premium Times

Buhari confers business mogul Dike Chigbue with MON honour - Daily Sun

Queen Elizabeth: Nigerians are mourning, says Buhari - TheCable

AfSNET: Buhari To Address Conference Of African Govs - Leadership News

Amotekun: Buhari accused of double standard over arms-bearing - Punch Newspapers

Buhari hailed over developments in Niger Delta - Daily Trust

Final year law student sues Buhari, 36 govs over FG’s poor handling of ASUU Strike - Vanguard

Nigeria Presidential Election: Peter Obi Leads in Opinion Poll - Bloomberg

Buhari to APC Governors: I won't interfere in 2023 elections - Premium Times

Sources: Qatar moves Buhari's planned visit over World Cup preparation - TheCable

... Pyrates urge Buhari, INEC to learn from Kenya - Daily Sun

We will end Insecurity this year – Buhari - Vanguard

Buhari rewards Amusan, Brume, other Commonwealth, World Championships' winners with N200 million - Premium Times

Buhari congratulates Saudi Prince on PM appointment - New Telegraph Newspaper

Buhari honours Adeola with CON award – New Telegraph - New Telegraph Newspaper

Military will tackle security challenges, Buhari assures Nigerians - Punch Newspapers

Ex-SGF, Lawal, says he’ll quit politics with Buhari, rules out joining PDP - Ripples Nigeria

Buhari to visit Imo on September 13 - TheCable

Buhari to address UN General Assembly on September 21 - Peoples Gazette

Buhari, Lalong’s absence responsible for campaign delay – Oshiomhole - Punch Newspapers

President Muhammadu Buhari Restates Commitment To Freedom Of Worship - Leadership News

Moment Buhari met with EXXONMobil executives - P.M. News

Buhari directed exclusion of Osinbajo, Boss Mustapha from APC Campaign Council - Keyamo - Premium Times

President Muhammadu Buhari May Present 2023 Budget To NASS 1st Week Of October - Leadership News

HURIWA queries Senate's silence on Buhari's impeachment threat - Guardian Nigeria

ASO ROCK WATCH: As Buhari begs world leaders to forgive Nigeria’s debt. Two other talking points - Ripples Nigeria

Nigerian Senate Asks Buhari Government To Fix Death-Trap Roads In Edo - SaharaReporters.com

ASUU Strike: Nigerians lambast Aisha Buhari over 'insensitive' celebration of daughter-in-law's graduation abroad - Premium Times

2023: APC will benefit from Buhari's support base -- he commands huge integrity, says Oshiomhole - TheCable

BREAKING: Nnamdi Kanu’s American Lawyer Sues Rivers Governor, Wike In International Criminal Court Over Alleged Massacre Of 3800 ‘Biafrans’, Abduction Of Many Others - SaharaReporters.com

Wike Present As Buhari Inaugurates Body Of Benchers Complex In Abuja - Channels Television

Nigeria's Abubakar launches bid to succeed Buhari as president - Devdiscourse

Bauchi, Jigawa Sickle Cell Patients Seek Buhari's Intervention In Plight - Leadership News

BREAKING: Nigerian High Court To Hear Nnamdi Kanu's Extraordinary Rendition Case Against Buhari’s Government On October 4 - SaharaReporters.com

NDDC: Elders Forum Urges Buhari to Stop Illegality, Inaugurate Board Confirmed by Senate since 2019 - THISDAY Newspapers

Osinbajo to represent Buhari at Kenya presidential inauguration - Punch Newspapers

Communities in N-Delta live in depressing conditions—SERAP - Vanguard

Committee Visits Multi-billion Naira Construction Site in Gombe State – Voice of Nigeria - Voice of Nigeria

Abeokuta as Buhari’s Achilles heel - Punch Newspapers

EndASUUStrike: Buhari should save university system - Blueprint Newspapers Limited

Newspaper Headlines: Despite Buhari's assurances, 23 Kaduna train passengers spend 6 months in captivity - TheCable

2023: Gov Emmanuel’s aide blasts APC, urges Nigerians to vote wisely - Daily Post Nigeria

Photos Of President Muhammadu Buhari In Imo State – 9News Nigeria - 9News Nigeria

LP national chair urges Buhari to resolve FG, ASUU faceoff - Blueprint Newspapers Limited

SPECIAL REPORT: Health centres in north-east Nigeria in deplorable state despite Buhari's promise - Premium Times

2023 Polls: CLEEN Foundation Boss Commends Buhari Over New Electoral Law - Leadership News

Queen Elizabeth backed Nigeria during Biafran War –Buhari - Punch Newspapers

Impeach President Buhari over Nigeria's mounting security issues, opposition senators urge - CNN

Nigeria's Buhari seeks state governors' support on successor - Reuters

Nigerian senators urge Buhari impeachment over insecurity - Al Jazeera English

Nigeria: Buhari has no preferred successor, spokesman says - Al Jazeera English

Nigeria’s Buhari asks ministers with political ambition to resign - Al Jazeera English

Buhari Defends Record as Nigerians Endure Hardship, Insecurity - Bloomberg

Nigeria confirms ambush by gunmen on president’s security convoy - Al Jazeera English

Nigeria leader Muhammadu Buhari trip to Belgium details - BBC

President Muhammadu Buhari apologises to Nigerians, offers explanations and makes promises in rare move - Business Insider Africa

Secretary-General's press encounter with the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari | United Nations Secretary-General - United Nations

President Muhammadu Buhari vows to obliterate terrorists after 43 people killed in northcentral Nigeria - Anadolu Agency

Nigeria: Buhari's succession battle heats up - DW (English)

Full speech of Buhari for Liberia as e tok on election, democracy and oda mata - BBC

Nigeria will remain one – Buhari - Punch Newspapers

Nigerian President Marks Humanitarian Day in War-Impacted Borno State - VOA Africa

President Buhari halts UK medical trip, returns home - Africanews English

Buhari hosts U.S. Secretary of State, speaks on Nigeria's removal from religious watchlist - Premium Times

Muhammadu Buhari: Twitter deletes Nigerian leader's 'civil war' post - BBC

President Buhari: Assessing an enigma - Punch Newspapers

Resign if Presidency is tough, HURIWA slams Buhari - Punch Newspapers

I’m eager to go, it’s been tough – Buhari - Punch Newspapers

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari visits Spain - cgtn.com

Buhari visits Ogun State: President Muhammadu Buhari in Ogun trip fotos - BBC

President Buhari’s jokes, Nigerians’ pains - Vanguard

Buhari will definitely hand over on May 29, 2023 - Presidency - Premium Times

Nigeria: Buhari’s $2.7m car gift to Niger Republic despite rising poverty causes uproar - The Africa Report

Buhari approves, releases N41.6bn take-up grant for presidential power programme - Punch Newspapers

President Muhammadu Buhari withholds earlier approval for Exxon Mobil's asset sale in Nigeria due to regulatory impasse - Business Insider Africa

Buhari’s seven years: The gains and the pains - Businessday

Insecurity: We’re making progress, says Buhari - Punch Newspapers

Nigerian president Buhari vows 2023 vote will be free, transparent - Al Arabiya English

Buhari returns to Abuja after State Visit to Portugal - Premium Times

Buhari to killers: Expect toughest possible response from security forces - Vanguard

Buhari congratulates Nigerian student on winning AFS Award in US - Premium Times

Confront terrorists, wipe them out, Buhari orders military - Punch Newspapers

FACTSHEET: Highlights of Achievements, on the Seventh Anniversary of the Buhari Administration (May 2022) - Premium Times

Open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari - TheCable

Muhammadu Buhari is working! - Vanguard

Train Attack: Buhari repeats promise to rescue hostages, warns against promoting terrorists' propaganda - Premium Times

President Buhari visit to Lagos: Buhari to commission Dangote plant, MMI airport - BBC

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