Short History of President Buhari (GCFR)

imageMuhammadu Buhari,GCFR(born 17 December 1942) is the current President of the Federal Republic of Nigeriaand Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces,and a retiredMajor General in theNigerian Armywho was Head of State ofNigeriafrom31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in amilitary coup d'état.The termBuharismis ascribed to the Buhari military government.


He ran unsuccessfully for the office of President in the2003,2007and2011 elections. In December 2014, he emerged as the presidential candidate of theAll Progressives Congressfor the March 2015 elections. Buhari won the 2015 general election, defeating the incumbent PresidentGoodluck Jonathan. When hetook officeon 29 May 2015, it marked the first time in Nigeria's history that an incumbent elected President peacefully transferred power to an elected leader of the opposition.Buhari has stated that he takes responsibility for whatever happened under his watch during his military rule, saying that he cannot change the past. He also describes himself as a "converted democrat".

Early life

Muhammadu Buhari was born on 17 December 1942,inDaura, Katsina State, to his father Adamu and mother Zulaihat. He is the twenty-third child of his father. Buhari was raised by his mother, after his father died when he was about four years old.[10]He attended primary school in Daura and Mai'adua before proceeding to Katsina Model School in 1953, and Katsina Provincial Secondary School (now Government College Katsina) from 1956 to 1961. Hethen joined the Nigerian Military Training School in Kaduna, where his military career began.

Personal life

In 1971, Buhari married his first wife, Safinatu (née Yusuf) Buhari (First lady of Nigeria December 1983-August 1985). They had five children together, four girls and one boy. Their first daughter, Zulaihat (Zulai) was named after Buhari’s mother. Their other children are Fatima, Musa (deceased), Hadiza, and Safinatu.

ln 1988, Buhari and his first wife Safinatu were divorced. In December 1989, Buhari married his second and current wife Aisha (née Halilu) Buhari. They also have five children together, a boy and fourgirls. They are Aisha, Halima, Yusuf, Zarah and Amina.On 14 January 2006, Safinatu Buhari, the former first lady, died from complications of diabetes.[79]She was buried at Unguwar Rimi cemetery in accordance with Islamic rites.In November 2012, Buhari's first daughter, Zulaihat (née Buhari) Junaid died from sickle cell anaemia, two days after having a baby at a hospital in Kaduna.

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