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President Muhammadu Buhari 

Muhammadu Buhari is the current President of Nigeria. He is a retired general of the Nigerian Army who was elected into the seat of power in 2015. Prior to him assuming his role as president, Buhari served as Head of State between 1983 to 1985 after taking power in a military coup.

His rise in the political scene in Nigerian was meteoric. After he was enrolled at age 19 in the Nigerian Military Training College, at 20 he was commissioned a second lieutenant and appointed platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in Abeokuta, Nigeria

Political Career

President Buhari’s political career has taken a topsy turvy turn. From a known military ruler he decided to run for president of Nigeria in 2003, 2007, and 2011. He was only successful in 2015 after he defeated the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

He became the first president to defeat an incumbent president in the history of the elections in Nigeria. He was sworn in on 29 May 2015. In February 2019, Buhari was reelected, defeating his closest rival Atiku Abubakar by over 3 million votes.

Educational Background

 

President Buhari had his primary education in his birthplace, Daura in 1953. He went on to Katsina Middle School, and attended Katsina Provincial Secondary School from 1956 to 1961.

 Family

President Buhari was born in Daura, Northern Nigeria, British Nigeria in 1942. Born into a Fulani family, Buhari was the twenty-third child of his father who died four years after his birth.