Throwback: Photos of Buhari’s Late Wife Emerge, Why He Divorced Ex-First Lady and 5 Other Facts

Throwback: Photos of Buhari’s Late Wife Emerge, Why He Divorced Ex-First Lady and 5 Other Facts

Everyone knows Aisha Buhari as President Muhammadu Buhari's wife, but not everyone is aware that there was a woman called Safinatu Buhari. She was a trained teacher and the president's late wife who served as first lady of Nigeria when her husband was head of state between 1983 and 1985.

Legit.ng brings you throwback photos of Safinatu and six facts about her.

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Throwback: Photos of Buhari's late wife emerge, why he divorced ex-first lady and 5 other facts
Muhammadu Buhari and Safinatu got married when the latter was eighteen years. Photo credit: Nairaland
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1. Birth and career

Safinatu Buhari was born in 1952 in Jos, Plateau state. Her parents were Alhaji Yusuf Mani and Hajia Hadizatu Mani. She was a trained teacher who obtained her Grade 2 certificate at Women Teachers College (WTC), Katsina, in the year 1971, Fulani News Media reports.

Throwback: Photos of Buhari's late wife emerge, why he divorced ex-first lady and 5 other facts
Buhari and Safinatu had four children together. Photo credit: Herald
Source: UGC

2. Met Buhari when she was 14

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Buhari and Safinatu met each other when the latter was 14 years of age.

At the time of their meeting, Buhari who was in the Nigerian Army had accompanied his friend, the late General Shehu Musa Yar’adua, to see Safinatu's father.

3. Marriage between the duo

The Nigerian civil war ended in 1970 and Muhammadu Buhari and Safinatu got married in December 1971 when Safinatu was 18 years.

4. They had four kids together

Safinatu and Buhari had four kids together, all girls.

Throwback: Photos of Buhari's late wife emerge, why he divorced ex-first lady and 5 other facts
The couple with their four daughters. Photo credit: Flatimes
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5. Her marriage with Buhari ends

According to City People, when Buhari was released from incarceration, he ended his marriage with Safinatu. The reason why he took the decision wasn't stated but many believed that it was because Safinatu disobeyed her husband's instruction to steer clear of the Babangida family.

Ibrahim Babaginda toppled Buhari's government in a coup and put him in detention. While in detention, Buhari had warned Safinatu not to have anything to do with his jailer's family.

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Safinatu had dealings with the Babangidas partly to help her cope with life, and also to use the opportunity to get her husband released.

6. Diagnosed with diabetes

Safinatu was diagnosed with diabetes in 1998. She lived with the illness for eight years before succumbing to it on January 14, 2006.

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Buhari dances with a white lady

In other news, an old photo of President Buhari enjoying himself when he was younger has generated massive reactions on social media.

A Facebook user named Ayo Ojeniyi stunned the internet with a rare photo of President Buhari as a young man dancing with a white lady barefooted.

Sharing the image, he wrote:

"PMB was very sociable while growing up. Nowadays, he keeps to himself !!! See him digging it out in a party when he was young!!!!"

Source: Legit

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