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Muhammadu Buhari

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15th President of Nigeria
Assumed office
29 May 2015
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
Preceded by Goodluck Jonathan
7th President of Nigeria
In office
31 December 1983 – 27 August 1985
Vice President Tunde Idiagbon
Preceded by Shehu Shagari
Succeeded by Ibrahim Babangida
Federal Minister of Petroleum Resources
Assumed office
11 November 2015
Deputy Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu
Timipre Sylva
Preceded by Diezani Allison-Madueke
Governor of Borno State
In office
3 February 1976 – 15 March 1976
Preceded by Office established
Succeeded by Mustapha Amin
In office
1 August 1975 – 3 February 1976
North-Eastern State
Preceded by Musa Usman
Succeeded by Office abolished
Personal details
Born 17 December 1942 (1942-12-17) (age 78)
Daura, Northern Region, British Nigeria
(now Daura, Nigeria)
Nationality Nigerian
Political party APC (since 2013)
Other political
ANPP (until March 2010)
CPC (2010–2013)
  • Safinatu Yusuf
    (m. 1971; div. 1988)
  • Aisha Halilu (m. 1989)
Alma mater Nigerian Military Training College
Mons Officer Cadet School
U.S. Army War College
Military service
Allegiance  Nigeria
Branch/service Flag of the Nigerian Army Headquarters.svg Nigerian Army
Years of service 1961–1985
Rank Major General
Battles/wars Nigerian Civil War

Muhammadu Buhari GCFR (born 17 December 1942) is a Nigerian politician currently serving as the President of Nigeria, in office since 2015. He is a retired military general of the Nigerian Army and previously served as military head of state from 1983 to 1985, after taking power in a military coup d'état. The term Buharism is ascribed to the conservative right wing policies of his military regime. Buhari has stated that he takes responsibility for anything over which he presided during his military rule, and that he cannot change the past. He has described himself as a "converted democrat".

He unsuccessfully ran for the office of President of Nigeria 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. In February 2019, Buhari was re-elected President, defeating his closest rival Atiku Abubakar by over 3 million votes.

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