Muhammadu Buhari (born on December 17, 1942) is the current President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria since 2015.
He is a retired Major General in the Nigeria Army and he also served as the head of state from 1983 to 1985.
He took off the power from Alhaji Shehu Shagari in what would be described as a Coup d’etat.
|WIKI FACTS & ABOUT DATA|
|Full Name:||Muhammadu Buhari|
|Stage Name:||President Buhari|
|Born:||17 December 1942 (age 79 years old)|
|Place of Birth:||Daura|
|State Of Origin:||Katsina State|
|Parents:||Hardo Buhari, Zulaihat Buhari|
|Children:||Zahra Buhari, Yusuf Buhari, Halima Buhari Sheriff, Fatima Buhari, Musa Buhari, Zulaihat Buhari, Amina Buhari, Hadiza Buhari, Safinatu Lami Buhari, Aisha Buhari|
|Wife • Spouse:||Aisha Buhari (m. 1989), Safinatu Yusuf (m. 1971–1988)|
|Occupation:||Politician • Militant|
|Net Worth:||$50-$110 Million|
Muhammadu Buhari was born on 17th December 1942 in Daura, Katsina State to his Fulani chieftain father; Mallam Hardo Buhari, and his mother; Zulaihat Buhari who had Hausa and Kanuri ancestry.
President Buhari is the 23rd child of his father. He was raised by his mother after his father passed away when he was four years old.
Muhammadu Buhari attended primary school in Mai’adua and Daura Primary School before he joined Katsina Middle School in 1953 and later attended Katsina Provincial Secondary School from 1956 to 1961.
He went on and joined the Nigerian Military Training College (NMTC) in 1962. Between 1962 and 1963, he took his cadet training at the Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot in England. From November 1963 to January 1964, Buhari attended the Platoon Commanders’ Course at the Nigerian Military Training College, Kaduna.
In 1964, he enhanced his military training by attending the Mechanical Transport Officer’s Course at the Army Mechanical Transport School in Borden, in the United Kingdom and he also attended the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in the United States, where he gained a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies.
He also attended the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, India, in 1973.
In 1975, President Muhammadu Buhari was part of the military coup that ousted Yakubu Gowon and as a result, he was appointed to take up the position of the military governor of Borno, formerly known as North-Eastern State. The same year, General Olusegun Obasanjo nominated him as the federal commissioner for petroleum resources.
In 1977, Buhari became the military secretary at Supreme Military Headquarters. He was also the division commander in Kaduna.
Upon the election of Shehu Shagari, the country suffered an economic decline, and this was perceived as corrupt politics and practice by everyone, including the military. This led to another military coup which took place on 31st December 1983 where Buhari was chosen as the new head of state.
When he entered office, the previous government had already spoilt numerous systems in the country. He was forced to take a tough stance on corrupt individuals. He launched a program known as War Against Corruption in a bid to enact positive reforms.
Muhammadu Buhari’s political journey began in 2003 when he ran for the presidential seat but lost it to Olusegun Obasanjo of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He ran again for the same position in 2007 but was defeated by Umaru Yar’Adua from PDP. In 2011, he tried again but lost to Goodluck Jonathan.
In 2014, Buhari was nominated as the presidential candidate by the All Progressive Congress party (APC) for the 2015 election. He emerged the winner among 14th contestants with 2.5 million votes more than his closest competitor, Jonathan from PDP.
In May 2014, in the wake of the Chibok Schoolgirls kidnapping, Muhammadu Buhari strongly denounced the Boko Haram insurgency. He “urged Nigerians to put aside religion, politics and all other divisions to crush the insurgency he said is fanned by mindless bigots masquerading as Muslims”.
In December 2014, Muhammadu Buhari pledged to enhance security in Nigeria if elected president. After this announcement, his approval ratings skyrocketed, largely due to Jonathan‘s apparent inability to fight Boko Haram.
Muhammadu Buhari made internal security and wiping out the militant group one of the key pillars of his campaign. In January 2015, the insurgent group “The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta” (MEND) endorsed Buhari.
In February 2015, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo quit the ruling PDP party and endorsed Buhari.
On 31 March, Jonathan called Buhari to concede and congratulate him on his election as president. Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in on 29 May 2015 in a ceremony attended by at least 23 heads of state and government.
He was re-elected as the president during the 2019 general elections held on 23rd February with 56% of the total votes.
Muhammadu Buhari married his first wife, Safinatu in 1971. They had five children together, four girls and one boy namely; Zulaihat (deceased), Fatima Buhari, Musa (deceased), Hadiza, and Safinatu Buhari.
He got divorced from Safinatu Buhari in 1988. On 14 January 2006, Safinatu, the former first lady, died from complications of diabetes.
In 1988, Buhari and his first wife Safinatu divorced. In December 1989, Buhari married his second and current wife Aisha Buhari. They also had five children together, a boy and four girls: Aisha, Halima, Yusuf, Zahra, and Amina Buhari.
As of 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari net worth is estimated to be roughly $50 million-$110 million.
This is in addition to his five homes and two mud houses as well as farms, an orchard and a ranch of 270 head of cattle, 25 sheep, five horses and a variety of birds, shares in three firms, two undeveloped plots of land, and two cars bought from his savings.