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10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Buhari

General Muhammadu Buhari Buhari became president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria after defeating ex-president, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in the 2015 general elections.

He is the 4th elected President of Nigeria based on the fourth constitution of the Republic of Nigeria.

Who is Buhari?

Buhari fully known as President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) is the present president of Nigeria (expected timeline 2015-2023) and also a one-time Head of State of the Republic of Nigeria from 31st of December 1983 to the 27th of August, 1985.

He was born on the 17th of December, 1942 in Daura, Katsina State, Nigeria.

10 things you should know about Buhari that you may not have known

  1. Buhari has been in the race for the presidency since 2003.
    Determination, they say, is one of the most important keys to success. Without determination, you are just distracted by issues of life.
    In 2003 – he lost to Obasanjo
    In 2007 – he again lost to Yaradua
    In 2011 – he persisted, yet lost again the third time to Goodluck Jonathan
    Finally, in 2015, he took the baton and won the presidential race.
    Ee-elected as president in 2019.
  2. He is a retired Major General who served in Nigeria from December 31, 1983, to August 27, 1985, after taking power in a military coup d’etat. The term “Buharism” is ascribed to the authoritarian policies of his military regime.
  3. As the twenty-third child of his father, Muhammadu Buhari was named after ninth-century Persian Islamic scholar Muhammad al-Bukhari.
  4. At the early age of 19, Buhari enlisted in the Nigerian Military Training College (NMTC) (now called Nigerian Defense Academy, NDA) in the year 1962, and in January 1963, he became a second lieutenant in charge as a commander of the second infantry Battalion in Abeokuta.
  5. In a coup that led to the dismissal of General Aguiyi Ironsi and substitution with General Yakubu Gowon, Buhari, as a lieutenant together with his colleagues is a key facilitator.
  6. Buhari was elected as the premier Governor of Borno state and stayed in office between the 3rd of February, 1976, and the 15th of March, 1976.
  7. As stated by scholars, the most authoritarian law decreed in Nigeria was passed in a Decree Number 4 in the year 1984. It is known as “the Protection Against False Accusations Decree”.
  8. Buhari supported and encouraged the sourcing of goods and materials locally rather than imports and this led to low operations in industries and a gradual decrease in economic stability.
  9. He launched the War Against Indiscipline (WAI) campaign on the 20th of March, 1984 which focused on the elimination of any form of immorality from the Nigerian society.
  10. President Muhammadu Buhari was ordained as chief Enyioma I of Ebonyi and the Ochioha I of Igboland in the year 2017. Similarly, he was given the title, Ikeogu I of Igboland in the year 2018.

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