Gossip: Muhammadu Buhari: A profile


Muhammadu Buhari was born on December
17, 1942, in Daura, Katsina State. He went to
Primary School in Daura and Mai’adua from
1948 – 1952, before proceeding to Katsina
middle School in 1953. He attended the
Katsina Provincial Secondary School (now Government College Katsina) from 1956 –
1961. On graduation from Secondary School in
1961, Buhari went to the Nigerian Military
Training School, Kaduna in 1963. In October of the same year, he was sent to
the officers’ Cadet School in Aldershot in the
United Kingdom and was thereafter
commissioned Second Lieutenant in 1963 and
posted to the 2nd Infantry Battalion,
Abeokuta as Platoon Commander in 1963. It was at the Abeokuta Garrison that the real
traits of a great soldier were identified in the
young man. From 1963 – 1964 he was sent
for further training on the Platoon
Commanders’ Course at the Nigerian Military
College, Kaduna. In 1965, he went for the Mechanical Transport
Officers’ Course at the Army Mechanical
Transport School in Borden, England. He went
to the Defence Services’ Staff College,
Wellington, India in 1973 and to the United
States Army War College from June 1979 to June 1980. In August 1975, after General Murtala
Mohammed took power, he appointed Buhari
as Governor of the North-Eastern State, to
oversee social, economic and political
improvements in the state. In March 1976, the then Head of State, General
Olusegun Obasanjo appointed Buhari as the
Federal Commissioner (position now called
Minister) for Petroleum and Natural Resources.
When the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation was created in 1976, Buhari was also appointed as its Chairman, a position he
held until 1978. 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. 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. Between 1995 and 1998, Buhari served as
the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund
(PTF), a body created by the government of
General Sani Abacha, and funded from the
revenue generated by the increase in price of
petroleum products, to pursue developmental projects around the country. Buhari contested the Presidential election as
the candidate of the All Nigeria People’s Party
in 2003 and lost to former president Olusegun
Obasanjo. Again, he contested under the ANPP banner in
2007 against Late Umaru Musa Yar’adua of
the PDP and lost. In March 2010, Buhari left the ANPP for the
Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), a party
that he had helped to found. Buhari was the CPC Presidential candidate in
the 16 April 2011 general election, in which
he lost to incumbent President Goodluck
Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party
(PDP). He is currently the presidential candidate of
the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2015
presidential elction.



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