Muhammadu Buhari broke the record as the first presidential aspirant to overthrow an incumbent. He won after trying unsuccessfully four times.
At the age of six, he began attending Central Primary School Daura. He spent three years in the primary school and one year with his eldest brother, Alhaji Dauda Daura. Buhari proceeded to Katsina Middle School in 1953. He became one of the first students to be admitted to Kankia Primary School in 1954 after the abolition of the middle school system.
Educated largely in Katsina, Buhari took military training in Kaduna as well as in Great Britain, India, and the United States. 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.
He married his first wife, Safinatu (née Yusuf) Buhari in 1957. They had five children together, four girls and one boy. They named their first daughter, Zulaihat (Zulai) was named after Buhari’s mother.
In 1988, Buhari and his first wife Safinatu divorced. In December 1989, Buhari married his second and current wife Aisha Buhari (née Halilu). They also had five children together, a boy and four girls: Aisha, Halima, Yusuf, Zahra, and Amina.
In 1962 he emerged one of the successful candidates in the army recruitment exercise conducted at Katsina Provincial Secondary School. He did it along Shehu Musa Yar’adua. The Lugard Platoon enlisted him in the Young Officers’ course.
On December 31, 1983, senior officers of the Nigeria armed forces led by Major General Ibrahim Babangida staged a coup against the government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari. It was among the most successful coups in the country. The latter had presided over one of the most financially feckless governments in Nigeria against the backdrop of the glut in world oil prices.
Nineteen Nigerian opposition parties agreed to form what they described as a mega-party on 24 March 2009. Their goal was to challenge the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2011 elections. The largest (Buhari) faction of the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) and the leadership of the Action Congress (AC) was represented in the meeting, while most were very small.
Buhari left the ANPP for the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in March 2010, a party that he had helped to found. He was the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2015 presidential election.
President Muhammadu Buhari is among the richest politicians in Nigeria. He declared his assets before assuming office. They include the following:-
- N30 million Naira to his name.
- One bank account with Union Bank.
- 5 homes, and two mud houses in Daura Katsina.
- 2 undeveloped plots of land located in Kano and Port Harcourt.
- Farms which include an orchard and a ranch.
- 270 heads of cattle, 25 sheep, five horses, a variety of birds and a number of economic trees.
- Cars which include two which he bought from his personal savings and the others given to him by the federal government as a former Head of State. Good wishers donated the rest of his cars to him.
- Shares in Berger Paints, Union Bank, and Skye Bank.
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