Buhari, Muhammadu

Buhari, Muhammadu,

1942–, Nigerian military officer and political leader. A Fulani from Katsina State, he joined the army in 1961; he rose to the rank of general and participated in several coups. He was appointed military governor of North Eastern State (1975), federal commissioner for petroleum resources (1976), and military secretary at Supreme Military Headquarters (1977). Buhari again held army commands from 1980, and in 1983 he seized power from the democratically elected president, Alhaji ShagariShagari, Alhaji Shehu,
1925–, president of Nigeria (1979–83). In 1978 he helped form the National party, and his subsequent election as president marked the end of 13 years of military rule in Nigeria.
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. Economic problems and harsh political repression led to Buhari's overthrow in a 1985 coup that installed Ibrahim BabangidaBabangida, Ibrahim
, 1941–, Nigerian military and political leader. After graduating (1963) from Nigeria's military college, he joined the army and received further training abroad.
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. Buhari, an unsuccessful opposition candidate for president in 2003, 2007, and 2011, became the All Progressive Congress candidate for president in 2015 and defeated the incumbent, Goodluck JonathanJonathan, Goodluck Ebele,
1957–, Nigerian politician, president of Nigeria (2010–). An Ijaw from the Niger delta region, he was educated as a zoologist (Ph.D. Univ.
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, who was seen as tolerating corruption and responding inadequately to the Boko HaramBoko Haram
[Western education is sinful], Nigerian Islamic fundamentalist militia, officially Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati Wal-Jihad [people committed to the propagation of the Prophet's teachings and jihad]. It arose (c.
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 insurgency. One of Buhari's first major acts as president was the creation of a joint military force, led by Nigeria and including Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and Benin, to combat Boko Haram. Despite that, government forces successes against the group were mixed, and though it no longer controlled significant territory, it continued to be able to mount attacks. Buhari also had mixed success with the economy and in controlling corruption. In 2017 Buhari was absent abroad for long stretches for undisclosed medical reasons, leading to speculation about his health and the need for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to assume the presidency temporarily. In 2019, Buhari won election to a second term, defeating Atiku AbubakarAbubakar, Atiku
, 1946–, Nigerian politician, grad. Ahmadu Bello Univ. Law School (1969). A Muslim and member of the Hausa ethnic group, he worked in the government's customs department, later going into business.
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