Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

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7th and 15th President of Nigeria
Assumed office
29 May 2015
Vice PresidentYemi Osinbajo
Preceded byGoodluck Jonathan
In office
31 December 1983 – 27 August 1985
Vice PresidentTunde Idiagbon
Preceded byShehu Shagari
Succeeded byIbrahim Babangida
Federal Minister of Petroleum Resources
Assumed office
11 November 2015
DeputyEmmanuel Ibe Kachikwu
Preceded byDiezani Allison-Madueke
In office
March 1976 – June 1978
PresidentMurtala Mohammed
Olusegun Obasanjo
Governor of Borno State
In office
3 February 1976 – 15 March 1976
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byMustapha Amin
In office
1 August 1975 – 3 February 1976
North-Eastern State
Preceded byMusa Usman
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Personal details
Born (1942-12-17) 17 December 1942 (age 76)
Daura, Northern Region, British Nigeria[1][2]
(now Daura, Katsina State, Nigeria)
Political partyAll Progressives Congress (after 2013)
Alma materNigerian Military Training College
Mons Officer Cadet School
U.S. Army War College[3]
Military service
Branch/serviceFlag of the Nigerian Army Headquarters.svg Nigerian Army
Years of service1961–1985
RankMajor general

Muhammadu Buhari GCFR (born 17 December 1942) is a Nigerian politician currently serving as the President of Nigeria, in office since 2015. He is a retired major general in the Nigerian Army and previously served as the nation's head of state from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d'état.[4][5] The term Buharism is ascribed to the Buhari military government.[6][7]

He unsuccessfully ran for the office of president of Nigeria in the 2003, 2007, and 2011 general elections. In December 2014, he emerged as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the March 2015 general elections. Buhari won the election, defeating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. This marked the first time in the history of Nigeria that an incumbent president lost to an opposition candidate in a general election. He was sworn in on 29 May 2015. In February 2019, Buhari was re-elected President, defeating his closest rival Atiku Abubakar by over 3 million votes.[8]

Buhari has stated that he takes responsibility for anything over which he presided during his military rule, and that he cannot change the past. He has described himself as a "converted democrat".[9]

Early life

Muhammadu Buhari was born to a Fulani family[10] on 17 December 1942, in Daura, Katsina State, to his father Hardo Adamu, a Fulani chief, and mother Zulaihat.[1][2] 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.[11]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Muhammadu Buhari
العربية: محمد بخاري
asturianu: Muhammadu Buhari
беларуская: Махамаду Бухары
български: Мухамаду Бухари
brezhoneg: Muhammadu Buhari
čeština: Muhammadu Buhari
Esperanto: Muhammadu Buhari
français: Muhammadu Buhari
Bahasa Indonesia: Muhammadu Buhari
Kiswahili: Muhammadu Buhari
Lëtzebuergesch: Muhammadu Buhari
მარგალური: მუჰამადუ ბუჰარი
Bahasa Melayu: Muhammadu Buhari
Nederlands: Muhammadu Buhari
norsk nynorsk: Muhammadu Buhari
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Muhammadu Buhari
português: Muhammadu Buhari
Simple English: Muhammadu Buhari
српски / srpski: Мухамаду Бухари
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Muhammadu Buhari
Türkçe: Muhammed Buhari
українська: Мухаммаду Бухарі
Tiếng Việt: Muhammadu Buhari