How much do you know about the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari?
How well to you know President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria? The Katsina State born president unsuccessfully ran for the office of President for three years. He contested in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 general elections.
In December 2014, he emerged as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the March 2015 General elections. Buhari won the election, defeating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. This marked the first time in the history of Nigeria that an incumbent president lost to an opposition candidate in a general election. He was sworn in on 29 May 2015. Below are some things about President Buhari that you may not know.
1. He is the 23rd child of his father.
2. He had 10 children. Two are now late.
3. He had his military training in three countries. They are United States of America, India and United Kingdom.
4. He was once a cattle rearer, as a child.
5. He was imprisoned by General Ibrahim Babangida (IBB) for nearly four years.
6. He knew his successor, Ibrahim Babangida was going to overthrow his administration.
7. President Muhammadu Buhari was one of the two private African individuals to be invited to US Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration.
8. He reportedly divorced his first wife, Late Hajiya Safinatu for receiving financial assistance from IBB while he was in prison.
9. In March 1976, the then Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him as a Federal Commissioner. This position is now called Minister. His portfolio was Petroleum and Natural Resources.
10. At 72, he would be the oldest person to ever rule Nigeria. The youngest being Gen. Yakubu Gowon at the age of 32.
11. President Muhammadu Buhari is the first Nigerian president to win election against an incumbent president.
12. Muhammadu Buhari is the first Nigerian president who decided not to create or recognise an “Office of the First Lady” of Nigeria.