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Life history of Nigerian president,Muhammadu Buhari
May 20, 2017

Muhammadu Buhari was born on December 17,
1942, in Daura, Katsina State, to his father Adamu
and his mother, Zulaihat. He’s the twenty-third
child of his father. Buhari was raised by his mom,
after his father died.
General Muhammadu Buhari is one of the most
notorious figures in Nigeria because of his past.
Even though he is most widely recognized for
being Head of State of Nigeria between 1983 and
1985, this has been long ago and since then he
has changed significantly.
Now General Mohammed Buhari is a new man that
ran for president once again. However, unlike the
last times when his efforts proved to be generally
unsuccessful, this time Muhammadu Buhari finally
managed to achieve his dream and be elected as a
president of Nigeria through a public vote.
According to the schedule, he will take office on
the 29th of May 2015. This is the first time since
Nigeria gained independence in 1960 that an
incumbent elected government will peacefully
transfer its power to an elected member of the
opposition. This just shows how much the times
have changed for the country and for this person.
The 29th of May will truly be a historical date for
Nigeria that one day might even be celebrated as a
national holiday. Nobody knows what the future
holds for this man and the whole country.
If you are interested in this intriguing person that isvision, April 1967 to July 1967.
Northern counter-coup of 28 July
In July 1966 Lieutenant Muhammadu Buhari
was one of the participants in the “July
Rematch” or so called “Counter-Coup” , led by
Lt-Col Murtala Muhammed , that overthrew and
assassinated Nigeria’s first self-appointed
military Head of State General Aguiyi Ironsi , who
had assumed leadership of the Nigerian
government after a failed coup attempt on 15
January 1966 , which overthrew the elected
parliamentary government of Nigeria (also
known as first republic). Other participants in
the coup on 28 July 1966 included 2nd
Lieutenant Sani Abacha, Lieutenant Ibrahim
Babangida, Major Theophilus Danjuma ,
Lieutenant Ibrahim Bako among others. The
coup was a reaction to the January coup where
a group of mostly Igbo officers led by Major
Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu overthrew the
democratically elected government of Prime
Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa . Many
Northern soldiers were aggrieved by the murder
of senior politicians, Prime Minister Abubakar
Tafawa Balewa , northern regional premier,
Ahmadu Bello, and four senior officers from
northern Nigeria: Brigadier Zakariya Maimalari,
Colonel Kur Mohammed, Lt-Cols Abogo
Largema and James Pam. [16] The counter-
coup was very bloody leading to the murder of
mostly Igbo officers. Among the casualties were
the first military head of state General Aguiyi
Ironsi and Lt Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi , the
military governor of the Western Region.
Civil war
Buhari was assigned to the 1st Division under
the command of Lt. Col Mohammed Shuwa , [17]
the division had temporarily moved from
Kaduna to Makurdi at the onset of the Nigerian
Civil War . The 1st division was divided into
sectors and then battalions [18] with Shuwa
assisted by sector commanders Martin Adamu
and Sule Apollo who was later replaced by
Theophilus Danjuma . Buhari’s initial assignment
was as Adjutant and Company Commander 2
battalion unit, Second Sector Infantry of the 1st
Division. The 2 battalion was one of the units
that participated in the first actions of the war,
they started from Gakem near Afikpo and moved
towards Ogoja with support from Gado Nasko’s
artillery squad. [19] They reached and captured
Ogoja within a week with the intention of
advancing through the flanks to Enugu, the rebel
capital. [20] Buhari was briefly the 2 battalion’s
Commander and led the battalion to Afikpo to
link with the 3rd Marine Commando and
advance towards Enugu through Nkalagu and
Abakaliki . However, before the move to Enugu,
he was posted to Nsukka as Brigade Major of
the 3rd Infantry Brigade under Joshua Gin who
would later become battle fatigued and replaced
by Isa Bukar. [21] Buhari stayed with the infantry
for a few months has the Nigerian army began
to adjust tactics learnt from early battle
experiences. Instead of swift advances, the new
tactics involved securing and holding on to the
lines of communications and using captured
towns as training ground to train new recruits
brought in from the army depots in Abeokuta
and Zaria. [21] In 1968, he was posted to the 4
Sector also called the Awka sector which was
charged to take over the capture of Onitsha
from Division 2. The sector’s operations was
within the Awka- Abagana-Onitsha region which
was important to Biafran forces because it was
a major source of food supply. It was in the
sector that Buhari’s group suffered a lot of
casualties trying to protect food supplies route
of the rebels along Oji River and Abagana. [22]
After the war
From 1970 to 1971, Buhari was Brigade Major/
Commandant, Thirty-first Infantry Brigade. He
then served as the Assistant Adjutant-General,
First Infantry Division Headquarters, from 1971
to 1972. He also attended the Defence Services
Staff College, Wellington, India, in 1973. [23]
From 1974 to 1975 Buhari was Acting Director
of Transport and Supply at the Nigerian Army
Corps of Supply and Transport
Headquarters. [24]
Buhari’s participation in July
1975 coup
Then Lieutenant Colonel Buhari was among a
Muhammadu Buhari, now you can read the
Muhammadu Buhari biography which is made
available to NaijaGists.com .
There is a lot of new information in there, and as a
matter of fact you will find much more than you
think. Even the Muhammadu Buhari Wikipedia page
has some very significant facts that have been
missed out, however, this biography aims to tell
the full story of the general that was once a Head
of State and is now going to be the next Nigerian
president. It is a must read for all people
interested in Nigerian politics.
Muhammadu Buhari Writes Nigerians, States
Previously few months that I’ve travelled spherical
this country on campaigns, I’ve skilled the sheer
great thing about our diversity. From Port Harcourt
to Kano, from Abeokuta to Gusau, I experienced
first-hand the everyday sufferings and struggles of
our folks. I also experienced the overwhelming
need of our folks for change.
After I arrived in Port Harcourt on the 5th of
January to start out my campaigns, I was met by
our teeming supporters, who stayed till late in the
night to welcome us. Amongst them were many
younger men and women, who within the few
minutes that I shared with them on the airport,
made me to mirror on what kind of future awaits
them in our nation.
Current an in depth strategy for protecting the
fundamental rights and freedoms provided for in
our Constitution. There will probably be emphasis
on the rights of susceptible individuals together
with girls, youngsters and individuals dwelling with
disabilities in addition to access to justice and
prisons reforms.
Battle for you, and alongside you. We’ll struggle
collectively to defeat terrorism. But I can be
sincere with you about our challenges and I’ll bear
the duties of my cost. I cannot lie to you or
exaggerate our triumphs. My administration will be
completely clear in each step of our day by day
struggle and together we will win the struggle.
Healthcare in Nigeria is in crises. Too many
individuals don’t get any treatment. For those who
do get handled, all too often, the care they receive
is poor. Far too many die from easily treatable
diseases and what must be routine therapy
typically finish in loss of life. Moreover, Nigeria is
about to overlook our MDG targets. The statistics
communicate for themselves.
Embark on a program of mass mobilisation to
ensure that all children of college age, regardless
of the place they may reside in our country, and
no matter the social conditions of their mother and
father, are in school. Working in co-operation with
the State Governments, we shall make the required
investments in infrastructure, learning facilities.

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