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26 things you did not know about Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari
| April 02, 2015

On March 31, 2015, Muhammadu Buhari was elected as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on his fouth attempt to become a democratically elected president. He will be sworn in as President on May 29, 2015.

Here are twenty-six things that you probably did not know about Muhammadu Buhari. Share your own interesting facts in the comments too

  1. He is the fifteenth president (military and demoractic) in Nigeria's history
  2. He was born on December 17, 1942 in Daura Katsina state to his father, Adamu, and his mother, Zulaihat.
  3. He is the twenty-third child of his father. Buhari was raised by his mother, after his father died when he was about three or four.
  4. Buhari joined the Nigerian Army in 1961, when he attended the Nigerian Military Training College (in February 1964, it was renamed the Nigerian Defence Academy) in Kaduna State.
  5. He underwent officer cadets training at Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot in England.
  6. In January 1963, Buhari was commissioned as second lieutenant, and appointed Platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.
  7. From November 1963 to January 1964, Buhari attended the Platoon Commanders’ Course at the Nigerian Military College, at Kaduna.
  8. In 1964, he facilitated his military training by attending the Mechanical Transport Officer’s Course at the Army Mechanical Transport School in Borden, United Kingdom.
  9. From 1965 to 1967, Buhari served as Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion. He was appointed Brigade Major, Second Sector, First Infantry Division, April 1967 to July 1967.
  10. Buhari was made Brigade Major of the Third Infantry Brigade, July 1967 to October 1968 and Brigade Major/Commandant, Thirty-first Infantry Brigade, 1970 to 1971.
  11. Buhari served as the Assistant Adjutant-General, First Infantry Division Headquarters, from 1971 to 1972. He also attended the Defense Services Staff College, Wellington, India, in 1973.
  12. In 1971, Buhari married his first wife, Safinatu (née Yusuf) Buhari (First lady of Nigeria, December 1983-August 1985). They had five children together, four girls and one boy.
  13. From 1974 to 1975 Buhari was Acting Director of Transport and Supply at the Nigerian Army Corps of Supply and Transport Headquarters.
  14. He was also Military Secretary at the Army Headquarters from 1978 to 1979 and was a member of the Supreme Military Council from 1978 to 1979.
  15. From 1979 to 1980, at the rank of colonel, Buhari (class of 1980) attended the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in the United States, and gained a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies.
  16. Upon completion of the on-campus full-time resident program lasting ten months and the two-year-long, distance learning program, the United States Army War College (USAWC) college awards its graduate officers a master's degree in Strategic Studies.
  17. He served as the military ruler of Nigeria (December 31, 1983 - August 27, 1985)
  18. In 1988, Buhari and his first wife Safinatu were divorced. In December 1989, Buhari married his second and current wife Aisha (née Halilu) Buhari. They also have five children.
  19. In 1983, Major-General Buhari and Major-General Tunde Idiagbon were selected to lead the country by middle and high-ranking military officers after a successful military coup d'etat that overthrew civilian President Shehu Shagari on December.
  20. In 1985, Buhari was himself overthrown in a coup led by General Ibrahim Babangida on August 27th, and other members of the ruling Supreme Military Council (SMC) ostensibly, because he insisted on investigating allegations of fraudulent award of contracts in the Ministry of Defence.
  21. Buhari contested the Presidential election as the candidate of the All Nigeria People's Party on 2003.
  22. On 14 January 2006, Safinatu Buhari, the former first lady, died from complications of diabetes. She was buried at Unguwar Rimi cemetery in accordance with Islamic rites.
  23. On 18th December 2006, Gen. Buhari was nominated as the consensus candidate of the All Nigeria People's Party.
  24. His main challenger in the 2007 April polls was the ruling PDP's Umaru Yar'Adua, who is also from the same state - Katsina and he lost. In March 2010, Buhari left the ANPP for the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), a party that he had helped to found.
  25. Buhari was the CPC Presidential candidate in the 16 April 2011 general election, running against incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and Ibrahim Shekarau of ANPP.
  26. In November 2012, Buhari's first daughter, Zulaihat (née Buhari) Junaid, died from sickle cell anaemia, two days after having a baby at a hospital in Kaduna.

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"Coming In From The Cold"    In California, U.S.A.    April 02, 2015
Welcome on board again, General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB – Great Man Buhari)). My spirit is high and I feel joy inside of me that the wind of change is blowing across Nigeria. It shall be well with you and you shall not fail.

However, there is a lot of work for you to do, Sir; so much work to do. I am not a religious person but I'll say God will see you through and help you to succeed. But God only helps those who help themselves. Nigeria needs a lot of human help and God’s divine intervention (GDI). God has done His part now by defeating the incumbent for the first time in our history. It’s now left for us, humans, to do our part.

Nigeria’s problems are largely foundational. Nigeria’s foundation is a shaken and shaking foundation. Your main task or job, at least for the first term, is to begin to repair that foundation. There is a lot of work to be done in this aspect. Since you are no more a military ruler, I am not sure if your War Against Indiscipline will work this time around. We must learn to crawl and walk first, before we run. It is “Surulere”,(meaning, patience has its rewards) first before “Olorunsogo” (meaning God has given us glory).

Unfortunately, the American system of government that Nigeria practices now is not one that will allow you to perform at your best because that system allows imbeciles and non-progressives to have the opportunity to have their ways and hold us back. It also allows our contemptible ways of life and mentality to proliferate.

I have a lot to write about and will continue to do so as we move along. My first advice to you is that you must surround yourself with positive-thinking, progressive, and incorruptible people. You must remove all those entrenched deeply corrupt heads in all government agencies and parastatals. There are a few Nigerians out there that you can place in these agencies who will not disappoint you. Let them know that if they fail, there is prison there for them.

Think about our Judiciary and the Nigerian Police Force. Those are the two key areas that make our laws ineffective and make some people believe that they are above the law. You must dismantle the NPF as it is today. The NPF is archaic and is not working.

We need to move forward and we should not fear to create something new or copy a system that we know works. Let the States have their own police forces. There will still be a federal police system that will still be into crimes committed across state lines or for federal offenses, like the FBI.

In short, Nigeria needs to move forward. You can as well be the founding father of a new Nigeria. Your name shall remain indelible in the history of our nation as a leader who defied all odds and created a new beginning.
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