5 Things You Didn’t Know about Nigeria’s President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari

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1. In 1984 as Nigeria’s Millitary Ruler, Buhari had Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti arrested and sentenced to 5 years in jail. No one was reportedly allowed to testify on Fela’s behalf. (Washington Post)

Bihari and his late first five and his first five children
Buhari and his late first wife and his first five children

2. Nigeria’s President Elect has 8 children.

ca. December 1983, Nigeria --- General Muhammadu Buhari, dictator of Nigeria, following a successful coup d'etat against Shehu Shagari. --- Image by © William Campbell/Sygma/Corbis
ca. December 1983, Nigeria — General Muhammadu Buhari, dictator of Nigeria, following a successful coup d’etat against Shehu Shagari. — Image by © William Campbell/Sygma/Corbis

3. Buhari attended the United States Army War College in Pennsylvania from 1979-1980. (NaijaGist)

 

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4. The 2015 elections were the fourth time Buhari had contested in Nigeria’s Presidential elections. He was a candidate in 2003, 2007, and again  in 2011, each time under a different political party.

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5. Born on December 17 Buhari is a Sagittarius who shares the same birthday as Pope Francis and boxer Manny Pacquiao .