5 Things To Know About Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari

On May 29, 2015, former general Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as the 15th president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria following a surprisingly peaceful and democratic hand off from former president Goodluck Jonathan, a member of the opposition.

The nation looks forward to a period of change given a laundry list of things to fix, starting with petrocaplyse. Many regard him a strict disciplinarian, the type of leader that the country needs even more than ever. So what else is there to know about him?

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    Regarded by many as a kind and thoughtful individual, he is a strict disciplinarian who likes to stick to the rules. He went on record to state plans to abolish the Office of the First Lady if elected to office, based on the fact that there are no provisions for it in the Nigerian constitution and sees it as yet another platform to waste the country’s resources.

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    President Buhari returns to the presidential seat thirty years after he was ousted from power. After three failed attempts to return, he is embracing his new role as a self-described converted democrat. Interesting fact: President Mugabe, Zimbabwe current leader was the Head of State when Buhari was in power as Nigeria’s military leader.

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    Unlike a large majority of the country’s political leaders, President Buhari is known for living a relatively modest life.

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    He is a family man with ten children. He is married to Ms. Aisha (Halilu) Buhari, and was previously married to Ms. Safinatu Yusuf. Adorbs.

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    A leader from the muslim north, President Buhari allegedly survived an assassination attempt by the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram. He shares his support for the role of the government to protect  the lives and property of citizens, and to respect and protect their constitutional rights, including the liberty for citizens to exercise their respective faiths.