Muhammadu Buhari is a Nigerian politician and retired military officer who has served as the President of Nigeria since May 29, 2015. He was born on December 17, 1942, in Daura, Katsina State, Nigeria.
Buhari had a distinguished military career before venturing into politics. He joined the Nigerian Army in 1961 and rose through the ranks, eventually attaining the rank of Major General. Buhari served in various military leadership positions and played a significant role in Nigeria’s history.
In 1983, Buhari led a successful military coup that overthrew the democratically elected government of President Shehu Shagari. He assumed power as the Head of State and implemented a series of measures to address corruption and improve governance. However, his regime was characterized by strict rule and curtailment of civil liberties.
Buhari’s military rule ended in 1985 when he was ousted in another military coup led by General Ibrahim Babangida. Following his ouster, Buhari withdrew from active politics and focused on his private life and business ventures.
Buhari returned to the political scene in 2003 when he ran for the presidency on the platform of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP), but he was unsuccessful in his bid. He contested again in the 2007 and 2011 presidential elections but was unsuccessful in both attempts.
In 2015, Buhari ran for president once again, this time under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He campaigned on a platform of fighting corruption, improving security, and revitalizing the Nigerian economy. Buhari won the election, defeating the incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan, and became the President of Nigeria.
Since assuming office, Buhari’s administration has focused on several key areas, including anti-corruption efforts, security, economic diversification, and infrastructure development. However, his presidency has faced challenges, including ongoing security concerns, economic difficulties, and criticisms over his handling of certain issues.
Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency has had a significant impact on Nigerian politics and governance. His administration has implemented reforms, initiated infrastructure projects, and taken steps to combat corruption. However, opinions on his leadership and achievements remain divided among Nigerians.