Muhammadu Buhari Biography (Age, Net Worth, Career, Education)

Muhammadu Buhari Biography

  • No need of asking If you know who is Muhammadu Buhari, The current president in Nigeria is President Muhammadu Buhari But most of us just know him as president but know nothing about his personal Life or Lifestyle, Muhammadu Buhari Biography, Net worth, Politics, Retired Army.
  • President Buhari contested and failed on three different occasions. On the fourth attempt, he won, succeeding President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

Muhammadu Buhari Biography

  • Muhammadu Buhari is a Nigerian politician currently serving as the President of Nigeria, in office since 2015. Before this, he had served as Head of State from 1983 – 1985 when he was in the Nigerian Army. In addition, he was the former governor of one of the states in North East of Nigeria and one-time Federal Minister of Petroleum.

Early Life & Education

  •  Major-General Buhari was born on the 17th of December 1942 in Katsina state, Nigeria. He was raised by his mother following the death of his father, Hardo Adamu when he was only 4 years old. More so, he got to grow in a very large family considering the fact that he was the twenty-third child to his father. Considering the year he was born, one can easily know his age.
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  • Buhari went to Katsina Model School and later the Government College Katsina (then known as the Katsina Provincial Secondary School).

Muhammadu Buhari Biography


  • In 1962 He began his military journey at the age of 19 when he joined the Nigerian Military Training College (NMTC). The institution was later renamed the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in 1964
  • He has also gone on to get more education from other institutions including the officer cadet training at Mons Officer Cadet School, Aldershot, England.
  • Then, in 1963, he became a second lieutenant and was appointed Platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in Abeokuta, Nigeria.
  • From November 1963 to January 1964, Muahammadu Buhari attended the Platoon Commanders’ Course at the Nigerian Military Training College, Kaduna. 
  • In 1964, he facilitated his military training by attending the Mechanical Transport Officer’s Course at the Army Mechanical Transport School in Borden, United Kingdom. From 1965 to 1967, Buhari served as commander of the Second Infantry Battalion and appointed brigade major, Second Sector, First Infantry Division, April 19

Buhari Promotion

  • 1965 – 1967, Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion and also appointed brigade major, second sector, first infantry division.
  • 1966, Participated in the July Rematch/Counter Coup.
  • 1967 – 1970 Participated in the Civil War.
  • 1970 – 1971, Brigade Major/Commandant, Thirty-first Infantry Brigade.
  • 1971 – 1972, Assistant Adjutant-General, First Infantry Division Headquarters.
  • 1974 – 1975, Acting Director of Transport and Supply at the Nigerian Army Corps of Supply and Transport Headquarters.
  • 1975 – 1976, Governor of the North-Eastern State to oversee social, economic, and political improvements in the state.
  • 1976 – 1976, Governor of Borno State.
  • 1976, Federal Commissioner for Petroleum and Natural Resources.
  • 1978 – 1979, Military Secretary at the Army Headquarters/ Member of the Supreme Military Council.
  • 1979 – 1980, Rank of Colonel. As a result, he attended the US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, US, and obtained a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies.
  • 1980 – 1981, General Officer Commanding, 4tht Infantry Division
  • 1981 – October 1981, General Officer Commanding, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Division.
  • 1981 – December 1983, General Officer Commanding, 3rd Armed Division Nigerian Army.
  • Federal Commissioner For Petroleum And Natural Resources
  • In March 1976 Buhari was appointed as a Federal Commissioner for petroleum and natural resources  (a position now regarded as a ministerial position), He was appointed by General Olusegun Obasanjo (Head of State 1976 – 1979).
  • in 1977 to 1978, he became the chairman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation after its creation.
  • During his leadership, there was a notable development in the petroleum sector. For instance, the administration built over 21 petroleum storage deports all over the country. It also constructed pipeline networks, refineries, and oil pipelines and made connections between each of them.

Head of State

  • 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.
  • His regime established a Supreme Military Council, Federal Executive Council, Council of States, and other councils. He posed a great threat against corruption and indiscipline. Hundred of politicians, businessmen, and officials who took part in corrupt practices were jailed. Only those who met certain conditions were released.
  • With his zero tolerance for indiscipline, he launched War Against Indiscipline (WAI) on March 20, 1984. WAI was launched to enforce obedience to rules and regulations of the country.
  • For instance, civilians were made to form queues in bus stops, civil servants who arrive late to work were forced to do frog jumps and cheating in exams attracted 21 years imprisonment. The press and trade unions were not left out.
  • In 1985 Buhari’s government was ousted by General Ibrahim Babangida. He was thrown into jail in Benin City, where he had restricted access to things and people. Finally, he was released in 1998.
  • President Of Nigeria (Currently)
  • He unsuccessfully ran for the office of President of Nigeria in 2003, 2007, and 2011 general elections. 
  • In December 2014, he emerged as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) 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.

Muhammadu Buhari Biography

Personal Life

  • Buhari got married to his first wife, Safinatu Yusuf in 1971. Safinatu became the first lady when Buhari served as the Head of State Between December 1983 – August 1985 With her, Buhari has five children. They later divorced in 1988. 
  • Buhari then married Aisha Halilu in 1989. Aisha currently holds the office of the first lady. And, their union is blessed with five children
  • With both his present and former wives, Muhammadu Buhari has 10 children. Including Halima, Zarah, Yusuf, Aisha, and Amina.
  • Buhari lost his former wife, Safinatu, and lost two of his children; Zulaihat and Musa.2006 and 2012 respectively.
  • Muhammadu Buhari Awards
  • Investiture as Grand Patron of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, 2015
  • CAF Platinum Award, Glo-CAF Award, 2016
  • The South-East council of traditional rulers honored President Buhari with the chieftaincy titles of the Enyioma I of Ebonyi and the Ochioha I of Igboland in 2017
  • He was awarded another one, Ikeogu I of Igboland, in the following year
  • Polio Champion Award, Rotary International, 2018
  • Awarded in recognition of his sterling leadership qualities, Progressive Governors Forum Award, 2019
  • Decorated as Grand Patron of the Nigerian Media Merit Award by the Board of Trustees of the Prime Media Awards, 2019
  • The Grand Gordon of the Knighthood of Venerable Order of the Pioneers, Republic of Liberia’s highest national honor in Monrovia, 2019

Other Medals

  • Congo Medal (CM)
  • Defence Service Medal (DSM)
  • General Service Medal (GSM)
  • Global Seal of Integrity (GSOI)
  • Grand Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (GCFR)
  • Loyal Service and Good Conduct Medal (LSGCM)
  • National Service Medal (NSM)

Muhammadu Buhari Net worth

Muhammadu Buhari Net Worth

In 2015, he made a public declaration of his asset. According to BBC, they include; five houses, two mud houses, farms, ranch with 270 cattle, 25 sheep, 5 horses, and a variety of birds. Also, he owns shares in three firms, two undeveloped plots of lands with US$150,000 cash.

Muhammadu Buhari is currently the most influential personality and public figure in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $80 million.

FAQ(Frequently Asked Question) Related To Muhammadu Buhari Biography

Q1). Who is Buhari first wife?

Buhari got married to his first wife, Safinatu Yusuf in 1971. Safinatu became the first lady when Buhari served as the Head of State.

Q2). What is Buhari qualification?

Buhari went to Katsina Model School and later the Government College Katsina (then known as the Katsina Provincial Secondary School).

Q3). How old was Buhari when he became head of state?

Muhammadu Buhari was 41 years old when he became head of state

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