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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

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Buhari returns after attending UNGA in New York - Premium Times

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UN speech: Practice what you preach, Afenifere tells Buhari - Vanguard

Did Buhari cause Anthony Joshua’s defeat? - Punch Newspapers

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Attack on Buhari: ‘Northern Elders’ Forum myopic, don’t speak for North’ - P.M. News

Buhari At UN With Rented Crowd To Give The Illusion Of Popularity, By Bayo Oluwasanmi - SaharaReporters.com

NDDC: Delay in Inauguration of board can destabilize region — Group - Vanguard

Buhari seeks Senate request to confirm ICPC, RMAFC Commissioners - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Buhari seeks to amend PIA, constutitues board of two petroleum institutions - Premium Times

NNPC: Ohanaeze thanks Buhari for appointments, asks for more - Vanguard

Buhari's missed opportunities in Imo State | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News — Opinion — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News - Guardian

Buhari to address UN General Assembly Sept 24 | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News — Nigeria — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News - Guardian

President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria, and the Rest of Us By Achike Chude - SaharaReporters.com

Buhari arrives New York, to push vaccine equity at UNGA - Guardian Nigeria

PHOTO NEWS: President Buhari in Imo state - Vanguard

Act Fast On Livestock Programme, 30 Grazing Reserves – Northern Governors Tell Buhari - SaharaReporters.com

What happened when I visited Buhari: Fani-Kayode speaks - P.M. News

Buhari not against Igbos, will release Nnamdi Kanu – Air Peace Chairman, Onyema [VIDEO] - Daily Post Nigeria

Buhari greets NEPC Executive Director, Olusegun Awolowo | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News — Nigeria — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News - Guardian Nigeria

President Buhari to visit Imo on Thursday — Uzodinma - Vanguard

Nigeria: Buhari’s mini cabinet reshuffle raises eyebrows ahead of 2023 polls - The Africa Report

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's son marries the daughter of the Emir of Bichi with - Daily Mail

Buhari appoints new heads for education agencies - Premium Times

What Buhari said in Imo - Presidency - Premium Times

Buhari meets with NMA members - Vanguard

Why Buhari can’t forgive Fani-Kayode - Punch Newspapers

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Grant Igboho, Kanu, others clemency, Buhari told - Vanguard

Buhari, FFK, and the quality of mercy - The News

Buhari to inaugurate 20 mega projects in Ebonyi – Umahi - Vanguard

How my govt will spend $5 billion new loan - Buhari - Premium Times

BP, Glencore Suits Allege Oil Trading Role in Nigerian Elections - Bloomberg

Buhari approves incorporation of NNPC, appoints board members - Punch Newspapers

Buhari writes Senate, seeks amendments to PIA - Punch Newspapers

Buhari appoints Ahmed as new NAEC chairman - Premium Times

Aisha Buhari Pantami: President Buhari wife explain why she use Prof. Isa Pantami video on Nigeria security - BBC News

Rising Insecurity: What Buhari told us to do - Defence Minister - Premium Times

Another Ijaw Group Urges Buhari to Inaugurate NDDC Board - THISDAY Newspapers

Buhari, stop the reckless borrowing - Punch Newspapers

Buhari launches job fellowship for 20,000 graduates - Premium Times

PHOTOS: Crowd of Imo citizens welcome Buhari to Imo - Vanguard

Why Jonathan holds Buhari in high esteem – UPF - Blueprint newspapers Limited

Buhari govt not interested in naming, shaming terrorism financiers – Femi Adesina - Punch Newspapers

Imo will benefit from Buhari’s visit – Deputy Speaker - Daily Post Nigeria

Chief Edwin Clark Writes Open Letter To President Muhammadu Buhari - The Nigerian Voice

Buhari withdraws approval for release of $209m, N32b ship finance fund - Guardian

APC expels party chairman for criticising Buhari - Premium Times

Buhari has broken many jinxes — Presidency - Vanguard

Igboho, Kanu: Barrister Ajulo begs Buhari - The News

Illiterate Nigerian Policemen Ruin Career Of Solomon Akuma — Sowore Reacts After Attending Trial Of Pharmacist Detained Over 'Twitter Banter' On Buhari - SaharaReporters.com

Buhari sets up health sector reform committee, names Osinbajo chairman - Vanguard

Nigeria Committed to Food Security, Buhari Tells World Leaders - AllAfrica.com

North Produced 10 Nigerian Leaders, Yet Remains Without Development – Ohanaeze Lambasts Northern Governors - SaharaReporters.com

VAT: Buhari takes southerners for granted -Senator Tofowomo - Punch Newspapers

PDP berates Buhari over refusal to expose terrorism sponsors - Punch Newspapers

Buhari wants US, China, others to destroy nuclear weapons - Pulse Nigeria

2023: APC reveals where Buhari’s successor should come from - Daily Post Nigeria

Saudi Arabia has been kind to Nigeria, Buhari says - Premium Times

My respect for Mustapha has grown, Buhari praises SGF at 65 - Punch Newspapers

Buhari greets Saudi monarch on 91st National Day - Guardian

Buhari Celebrates Awolowo Jr. at 58 - THISDAY Newspapers

EXCLUSIVE: Buhari ignores governors' call for audit, approves payment of $418 million suspicious debts - Premium Times

You have betrayed us, Katsina lawmaker tells Buhari - Premium Times

Buhari redeploys 5 perm-secs - Daily Trust

Ohanaeze makes fresh demands ahead Buhari’s visit - P.M. News

Nigeria: Buhari Commiserates With King Sunny Ade Over Wife's Demise - AllAfrica.com

Anything Buhari touches disappears – Omokri reacts as Anthony Joshua loses heavyweight titles - Daily Post Nigeria

Osinbajo, IGP arrive Rivers for project inauguration - Punch Newspapers

Virtual youth conference to host 10,000 participants – Ministry - Punch Newspapers

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

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The Arms Control Bill – Blueprint Newspapers Limited - Blueprint newspapers Limited

Nigeria's President Buhari Argues "Africa's Fight Against Terror is the World's Fight" - Council on Foreign Relations

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari Must Resign - Foreign Policy

IPOB: No need to detain Kanu, governors have divided Nigeria – HURIWA tells Buhari - Daily Post Nigeria

Nigeria's Buhari tells youth to 'behave' if they want jobs - Reuters

Buhari tasks global community on biodiversity conservation | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News — Nigeria — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News - Guardian

‘Even APC Members Know Buhari Has Failed, We Regret Working Against Jonathan’ - Naija News

Afenifere hails Buhari over NNPC board - The Nation Newspaper

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

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

Nigeria's Buhari signs historic oil overhaul bill into law - Reuters

Buhari's obnoxious open grazing routes | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News — Opinion — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News - Guardian

Nigeria: Concerns over Buhari’s health as he returns to his doctors in UK - The Africa Report

Nigeria Bans Twitter After President’s Tweet Is Deleted - The New York Times

Nigeria's Buhari Concerned About New Threats to Bomb Oil Assets - Bloomberg

Muhammadu Buhari: Africa needs more than US military aid to defeat terror - Financial Times

Nigerian Military Backs Buhari as Calls for His Resignation Mount - Voice of America

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