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7 Most Amazing and Shocking Story About Nigeria President Buhari

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Written by Faith Vincent

The President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari GCFR is in office since 2015. He is a retired major general in the Nigerian Army and previously served as the nation’s head of state from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d’état. The term Buharism is ascribed to the Buhari military government. President Buhari won a hard fought victory on account of his transparency, forthrightness and Spartan outlook to life attributes which still endear him to Nigerians.  Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts but about one’s life influencing others. Check the list of 7 Most Amazing and Shocking Story About Nigeria President that will interest you.

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MUHAMMADU BUHARI- 7 Most Amazing and Shocking Story About Nigeria President

7. Since Nigeria became independent in 1960, Buhari is the 15th person to head the Nigerian government. He also makes history as the fifth democratically elected president of Nigeria. At age 72, Buhari is the oldest person to assume the office of the Nigeria president. Before now, President Obasanjo, 62, used to hold the record as the oldest Nigerian president. Yakubu Gowon who emerged as president at age 32 remains the youngest to assume the office.

Two other heads of state assumed office in their thirties: Muhammed (37) in 1975 and Obasanjo (38) in 1976. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (47), Ironsi (41), Buhari (41) and Babangida (41) all ruled in their forties. Shagari (54), Shonekan (57), Abacha (50), Abdulsalami Abubakar (55), Yar’Adua (55) and Jonathan (52) assumed office in their fifties.

6. Muhammadu Buhari has ruled Nigeria before, as one of a line of military strongmen who dominated the country between 1966 and 1999. A military coup brought Buhari to power in late 1983 – closing a brief period of popular rule by Shehu Shagari –and another military coup ousted him from power in August 1985.

Buhari’s 20-month rule was known for what he described as a “war on indiscipline,” a tough regime which some say was marred by human rights abuses. The 72-year-old retired major general’s experience as a military ruler has been viewed as a plus by some and a minus by others in present-day Nigeria, where the government has been locked in a deadly battle with the militant group Boko Haram. This year alone, the extremists have killed at least 1,000 civilians. The ongoing violence in the Northeast has put security –along with corruption and the economy – at the top of the election agenda.

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5. He participated in the July 1966 coup as a Lieutenant, led by Lt-Col Murtala Muhammed that overthrew and assassinated Nigeria’s first self-appointed military Head of State General Aguiyi Ironsi. Ironsi had assumed leadership of the Nigerian government after a failed coup attempt on January 15, 1966, which overthrew the elected parliamentary government of Nigeria (also known as first republic). A coup also brought him to power in 1983, overthrowing a democratically elected government. Their argument to justify it was “a flawed democracy was worse than no democracy at all”. They accused the previous government of gross corruption.

In March 1976, General Olusegun Obasanjo, the Head of State at the time, appointed Buhari as the Federal Commissioner for Petroleum and Natural Resources. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was created in 1977. He also served as Chairman as the Petroleum Trust Fund during the Abacha administration. Buhari’s time at the helms was regarded by a 1998 report by London publication, New African, as a rare “success story”.

4. Buhari is a man of transparency and accountability that is why he places priority on fighting corruption. Within 20 months as the Head of state, about 500 politicians, officials and businessmen were jailed for corruption. Detainees were released after releasing sums to the government and agreeing to meet certain conditions.

In 1983, when Chadian forces invaded Nigeria in Borno State, Buhari used the forces under his command to chase them out of the country, crossing into Chadian territory in spite of an order given by President Shagari to withdraw.

3. After weeks of speculation and an ongoing legal battle over allegations that Buhari failed to complete his secondary school education, a Nigerian court on March 25 cleared the way for him to run in the presidential race after adjourning the case until April 22. As a Sunni Muslim from the North, Buhari appears to have moved to address any concerns his appointment could be detrimental to non-Muslim Nigerians – approximately half the country’s population, according to the CIA Factbook. A blog post on his campaign website headed “Buhari will never Islamise Nigeria” describes a campaign ceremony in January in Imo state. Imo Gov.

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Rochas Okorocha, it says, “dismissed suggestions of plans by President Muhammadu Buhari to ‘Islamize’ Nigeria,” telling the audience President Buhari’s long-time cook and driver were Christians and his youngest daughter had married a Christian. Buhari has also not been immune to the violence plaguing northern Nigeria. Last year, he was targeted in a suicide bombing that killed at least 15 people in the city of Kaduna. An earlier blast in the city the same day had been aimed at a Muslim cleric.

2. Momoh pointed out those who said President Buhari had not done well were either playing politics or refused to check the facts. He said the president had achieved a lot in the areas on which he anchored his campaign promises despite the herculean problems he met on ground. “Nigeria President Buhari has done well based on the facts available and not sentiments. The Boko Haram insurgents were operating almost uninhibited, to the extent of seizing territories.

“But for Nigeria president Buhari’s intervention, Only God knows what would have happened to the country because of Boko Haram.“Also, while some other countries are still wriggling under recession caused by the crash in commodity prices, the country is out and is even doing well in the area of diversification.“Even the World Bank has just predicted that the country’s GDP will further grow in 2019; there are also monumental gains in the fight against corruption.

1. President Buhari, Adams Oshiomhole, Rotimi Amaechi and Lai Mohammed are always complaining about the sorry state of the economy and mind-bending corruption allegedly perpetrated by the immediate past administration. In addition, the knee-jerk approach to governance by the APC federal administration – all this suggests that the party has no well-thought out coordinated strategy and action plan for the transformative change Nigerians were yearning for. But why did so many people believe the APC propaganda of change? Why did a broad section of the population, including those with high-sounding academic titles, forget their thinking caps while responding to the change shibboleth without well-structured plan for its concrete actualisation offered by the APC during the campaigns?

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