Muhammadu Buhari

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Muhammadu Buhari
President of Nigeria
In office
29 May 2015 – 29 May 2023
Vice PresidentYemi Osinbajo
Preceded byGoodluck Jonathan
Succeeded byBola Tinubu
7th Head of State of Nigeria
In office
31 December 1983 – 27 August 1985
Preceded byShehu Shagari
Succeeded byIbrahim Babangida
Governor of the Northeastern State
In office
August 1975 – March 1976
Preceded byMusa Usman
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Personal details
Born (1942-12-17) 17 December 1942 (age 81)
Daura, British Nigeria[1][2]
Political partyAll Progressives Congress
  • Safinatu Yusuf (1971–1988)
  • Aisha Halilu (1989–present)
  • Zulaihat
  • Fatima
  • Musa
  • Hadiza
  • Safinatu
  • Aisha
  • Halima
  • Yusuf
  • Zarah
  • Amina
Alma mater
Military service
Allegiance Nigeria
Branch/serviceNigerian Army
Years of service1961–1985
RankMajor General

Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR (born 17 December 1942) was the President of Nigeria and a former Major General in the Nigerian Army. He first became Head of State of Nigeria on 31 December 1983 when he took over the government by surprise.[4][5] While he was in power, he passed laws to control how people behaved that were very harsh[6] and put many people in jail, even the famous musician Fela Kuti.[7] On 27 August 1985, there was another surprise takeover and he was no longer in charge of the country.

In the 21st century, Buhari decided to try and become head of state again and ran in multiple elections. He eventually won and became President of Nigeria in 2015. He brought back some of the harsh laws from the last time he was in charge of Nigeria.[8] Now, more people have been criticizing him as part of the End SARS protests.

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  1. "Muhammadu Buhari Presidential Candidate". Archived from the original on 2018-10-15. Retrieved 2015-02-08.
  2. "Muhammad Buhari". Enyclopaedia Britannica. Retrieved 2015-02-08.
  3. "Famous U.S. Army War College Alumni". Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  4. "Military Regime of Buhari and Idiagbon". Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  5. Max Siollun (October 2003). "Buhari and Idiagbon: A Missed Opportunity for Nigeria". Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  6. May, Clifford D. (1984-08-10). "NIGERIA'S DISCIPLINE CAMPAIGN: NOT SPARING THE ROD (Published 1984)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  7. Moyer, Justin Wm. "Muhammadu Buhari vs. Fela Kuti: Nigeria's new president-elect once jailed a music icon". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  8. "Nigeria relaunches controversial 'war on indiscipline' brigade". the Guardian. 2016-08-17. Retrieved 2020-10-25.

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