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General News of Sunday, 25 December 2022


I lost two children due to my AS genotype - Buhari reveals in ceremony to mark 80th birthday

President Muhammadu Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari

President Buhari has revealed that he lost two children from his marriage to his late wife Safinatu Buhari to sickle cell anemia.

Buhari made this known at a private dinner organized by his family and close associates to mark his 80th birthday tagged “Celebrating A Patriot, a Leader, an Elder Statesman”.

According to him, he insisted that his second wife must be AA genotype so that his children will not inherit the S from his AS genotype, having lost two of his children by his late wife to sickle cell anemia.

Safinatu was the First Lady of Nigeria from 1983 to 1985 and was the first wife of the president.

She met Muhammadu Buhari at the age of 14 and they married in 1971 when she was 18.

They had 5 children namely; Zulaihatu (deceased), Magajiya-Fatima, Hadizatu-Nana, Safinatu Lami and Musa (deceased).

When Muhammadu Buhari’s government was overthrown by Ibrahim Babangida, she relocated to Kaduna with her children. However, they divorced in 1988.