President Muhammadu Buhari, who was sworn in on May 29, 2015, is 73 years old today. Before winning the elections back in April 2015, he had previously served as the military ruler of Nigeria from December 31, 1983 to August 27, 1985. Born on December 17, 1942 in Katsina state, Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari’s zodiac sign is Sagittarius, which will offer a good explanation for his body language so far.
He unsuccessfully ran for the office of President in the 2003, as the candidate of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP), which he lost to President Olusẹgun Ọbasanjọ of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), by a margin of more than eleven million votes. In 2007, he contested again under the same party but still lost to PDP, this time, to Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who came from his own state (Katsina). A disagreement with the ANPP made him establish the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), alongside others and in the 2011 general elections, he ran against incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP.
There were other notable candidates such as Ibrahim Shekarau of ANPP and Mallam Nuhu Ribadu of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), among 20 other contenders. But again he lost amid reports of widespread violence. And in spite of the Human Rights Watch applauding the elections “among the fairest in Nigeria’s history,” Buhari was credited for saying that “the dog and the baboon” would all be soaked in blood if what happened in 2011 should again happen in 2015.
Following the meager of the various opposition parties ion the country to form the All Progressives Congress (APC), he was nominated as their flag bearer in December 2014 for the March 2015 general elections. That meager pulled the support of the opposition together in his favor, leading to the defeat of the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan in the polls, thus ending the 16-year rule of the PDP.
As Nigerians roll out the drums in celebrations, we reel out the achievements of Mr. President as can be seen today in the country:
- Renewed onslaught against terrorism – Insurgency and Boko Haram is been tackled head-on
- Anti-corruption Campaign – Nigerians can now see the evil in corruption
- Improvement in general power supply – Effect of the Buhari “body language”
- Reduction in the size and cost of governance
- Returning discipline to the polity
- Bailout package to 36 states of the federation
- Bringing Nigeria back to the comity of respected nations – A consequence of the frequent travels
- Transparency and accountability
We wish him good health and long life.