President Muhammadu Buhari emerged the winner in the just concluded election. He is the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The president emerged winner after a keenly contested election with the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.
Legit.ng brings you 10 most interesting facts about Buhari that you may not know.
1. Military Career
President Muhammadu Buhari is a retired general in the Nigeria Army who was also once the country’s head of state for two years (Saturday, December 31, 1983 to Tuesday, August 27, 1985).
The term is coined after the name of the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, and it refers to the economic principles and the political ideology of the military government led by Buhari.
3. On being president
President Muhammadu Buhari contested for the presidency of Nigeria for three unsuccessful times in 2003, 2007, and 2011. He finally became the president of the country when he ran again in 2015 and won the then incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan.
4. A mark in history
President Buhari was the first person to unseat a sitting president in Nigeria.
President Buhari was the 23rd child of his father, Hardo Adamu, and mother, Zulaihat. However, Buhari was raised by his single mom after his father died.
6. As a governor
The president-elect was once the governor of Borno state for a month which ran from Tuesday, February 3, 1976 to Monday, March 15, 1976. He also served as the governor of the north-eastern state for seven months from Friday, August 1, 1975, to Tuesday, February 3, 1976.
7. Military success
Buhari led the military command that defended the Nigerian territory against the Chadian military force in 1983. The Chadian military forces invaded the country but Buhari pushed the force off the country’s territory.
War Against Indiscipline (WAI) was one of Buhari’s policies, and in fact legacies, when he was the country’s military head of state. The policy was created on Tuesday, March 20, 1984. The policy was directed towards a lack of public morality and instituting a high sense of civic responsibility. Late coming to work by public servants was severely frowned at as latecomers were made to “frog jump”.
9. Chairman of PTF
Buhari was the chairman of Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) under the late General Sani Abacha. The PTF was charged with responsibility to create developments around the country and was funded by the money generated from the increase in petroleum products.
The president-elect has eight prestigious awards and they are:
- Congo Medal (CM)
- Defence Service Medal (DSM) Defence Service Medal (Nigeria)
- General Service Medal (GSM) General Service Medal (Nigeria)
- Global Seal of Integrity (GSOI)
- Gran Collar De La Orden De La Independencia translated as Grand Collar of the Order of the Independence was conferred on Buhari by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea at the Presidential Palace on 14 March 2016
- Grand Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (GCFR)
- Loyal Service and Good Conduct Medal (LSGCM) Loyal Service and Good Conduct Medal (Nigeria)
- National Service Medal (NSM).
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