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HE President Muhammadu Buhari

President of Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as President of Nigeria in May 2015. He was the candidate for the All Progressives Congress and won the presidential election by almost 2.6 million votes. This was the first time in Nigeria’s political history in which power transferred peacefully from one political party to another.


Military Past: President Buhari began his military career at the Nigerian Military Training School of Kaduna in 1963.  He was involved in military counter-coups in 1966 and 1975, and the coup of 1983 which overthrew the democratically-elected government and resulted in him being head of state for two years. During these years, he gained fame for his all-out war against corruption and indiscipline, a reputation he has since kept. In 1985 he was overthrown and kept in detention for 3 years.

Anti-Corruption Presidential Candidate: President Buhari ran as the main opposition candidate in the presidential elections of 2003, 2007 and 2011, all ending in defeat, before winning in 2015. His platform was built around his image as a staunch anti-corruption fighter and his reputation for honesty and incorruptibility. He is considered an icon by the Muslims of northern Nigeria, but enjoys nationwide respect due to his stance on corruption.

Fighting Boko Haram: The President has put defeating Boko Haram on top of his agenda. Boko Haram’s actions have consistently caused international outrage, and the President will have to show firm resolve and determination to stop the terror attacks. In July 2014, he escaped a suicide bombing attack that killed over 50 people.

Economy and infrastructure: President Buhari was the first chairman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and was the mastermind behind the construction of 20 oil depots throughout Nigeria, a project involving over 3200 kilometres of pipelines. Both the Warri and Kaduna refineries were built under his leadership. He also established the blueprints for the country’s petro-chemical and liquefied natural gas programmes.

Environment: President Buhari is an active environmentalist who has drafted several plans to preserve wildlife in Nigeria. He has also exerted great efforts on the conservation of nature in Nigeria; such as controlling the logging industry whereby he has ensured that double the number of trees felled are replaced by loggers. He has also worked on restricting the Ecological Fund Office so it can deliver on environmental challenges.

1.15 bilallocated for poverty reduction programme annually
12thlargest producer of petroleum in the world and 8th largest exporter
Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari appoints himself as new oil minister
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Buhari to name new cabinet in the upcoming days.

Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari addresses UN General Assembly on Climate Change [full speech]
2015-09-28 11:41:22

Buhari says Nigeria is committed to adopting legally binding agreement to tackle climate change.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has shaken up Nigeria's corrupt bureaucracy and intensified the battle against Boko Haram in his first 100 days, but ...

Nigeria: Military must end Boko Haram in three months says President Muhammadu Buhari
2015-08-13 17:12:34

New military chiefs sworn in as Boko Haram attacks continue to claim lives. Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the country's military ...

Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari sets up anti-corruption advisory
2015-08-11 11:16:21

Committee led by Professor Itse Sagay and will advise Buhari on criminal justice system. Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed an ...

Nigeria: Muhammadu Buhari orders ministers to only use government-approved bank accounts
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Leader launched investigation to recover funds he alleged were stolen during previous administrations. Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has ...

US: President Obama gives Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari names of oil thieves
2015-07-29 20:38:20

... Buhari's request to help end corruption. US President Barack Obama has handed over names of Nigerian oil thieves to Nigeria's President Muhammadu ...

Bombs kill 29 Nigerians as Muhammadu Buhari says US hampering fight
2015-07-24 18:07:30

The attack is the presumed handiwork of Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist insurgency that has declared war on Cameroon as part of its plan to ...

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari travels to France for three day official visit
2015-09-14 08:20:35

France and Nigeria established relations following Nigeria's independence in 1960. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in France ...

Insecurity, corruption and economic collapse have brought the nation low.

Birth: 17 December 1942 (Age: 74)

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Insecurity, corruption and economic collapse have brought the nation low.
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