Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari: Age, Net Worth, Religion, Previous Offices, Children, Wife, House, Books & Farm

Muhammadu Buhari Basic Information

Stage Name: President Buhari/Bubu
Real Name: Muhammadu Buhari
Occupation: Retired Major General, Politician, Professional World Leader
Date Of Birth/Age: 17 December 1942 ( 80 Years Old)
Place of Birth: Daura, Katsina State
Gender: Male
Nationality: Nigerian
Marital Status: Married
  • Nigerian Military Training College, Kaduna
  • Mons Officer Cadet School
  • U.S. Army War College, USA
  • Defence Services Staff College,  India
Height: 6 ft 4 in
Net Worth: $110 Million

Muhammadu Buhari Biography

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On 17 December 1942, in Katsina State, Buhari was born to a Fulani family. His mother, Zulaihat, who was of Hausa and Kanuri descent, and his father, Mallam Hardo Adamu, a Fulani chieftain from Dumurkul in Mai’Adua, were both present at the birth. He was given the name ‘Muhammad al-Bukhari’ by his father after a Persian-born Islamic scholar who lived in the ninth century as the twenty-third child of his father. Buhari was about four years old when his father died; his mother groomed him. In 1953, he attended primary school in Daura and Mai’adua. From 1956 to 1961, he studied at Katsina Provincial Secondary School in Katsina State.


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Buhari married Safinatu (formerly Yusuf) as his first wife in 1971. Together, they had four girls and one boy in a family of five. In honor of Buhari’s mother, they called their first child Zulaihat (Zulai). Musa (deceased son), Hadiza, Safinatu, and Fatima are their other children. Former first lady Safinatu passed away from diabetes-related problems on 14 January 2006. In November 2012, two days after giving birth to a child at a hospital in Kaduna, Zulaihat (née Buhari) Junaid, Buhari’s first daughter, passed away from sickle cell disease.

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‍Buhari’s first marriage to Safinatu ended in divorce in 1988. Aisha Buhari (Buhari’s second and current wife) was married in December 1989. Aisha, Halima, Yusuf, Zahra, and Amina were their other four girls and one boy; they were their other five children. In August 2021, Yusuf wed Zahra Nasir Bayero, a child of Emir Nasiru Ado Bayero.


Buhari was born into the Fulani family of Mallam Hardo Adamu, a Fulani leader from Dumurkul in Mai’Adua. His mother was Zulaihat, who had both Hausa and Kanuri ancestry.


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Buhari’s siblings and their total number are vaguely known, but his sister, Hajiya Rakiya and Alhaji Daura, are the only siblings of the President known to the public. Muhammadu Buhari’s older brother, Alhaji Dauda Daura, held the ancient title of Durbin Daura of the Daura Emirate.


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Muhammadu Buhari had ten children. Five from his first wife and another five from his present wife. Their names are Zulaihat (deceased), Fatima, Musa (deceased), Hadiza, Safinatu, Halima, Yusuf, Zarah, Aisha, and Amina.


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Buhari lost his first wife, Safinatu, in 2006 though they had since divorced in 1988. He married his present Wife, Aisha Buhari, in 1989, and she is the current First Lady.


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A retired major general in the Nigerian Army, Buhari led the nation’s military government from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985 after staging a military coup. The autocratic practices of his military rule are referred to as “Buharism.”

Although many Nigerians had initially praised Buhari’s initiatives to combat corruption and advance societal ideals, his government’s repressive tactics, combined with the country’s ongoing economic problems, contributed to unrest. Even the military had had enough by August 1985, and on 27 August, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Babangida seized power. At the end of 1988, Buhari was released after being imprisoned in Benin City.

Buhari returned to the corridors of power as he campaigned for President in 2003, 2007, and 2011.
He became the All Progressives Congress party’s presidential nominee for the 2015 general election in December 2014.
Buhari defeated incumbent President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in the election. It was the first for an incumbent president to lose a general election for the first time in Nigerian history. This was also mainly due to his threat of nationwide violence if he didn’t emerge as the winner. He took office on 29 May 2015. Buhari won reelection in February 2019 over former Vice President

Net Worth

In addition to five homes, two mud residences, farmland, an orchard, a ranch with 270 head of cattle, 25 sheep, five horses, and a variety of birds, investments in three companies, two undeveloped plots of land, and two cars purchased with his money, Buhari reported he declared a net worth of US$150,000 cash in 2015.

But as the President of one of the most wealthy black nations in the world, it is said that he is now worth Hundreds of millions of dollars. So far back as of 2019, He has been earning an a-subject-to-change whopping sum of ₦30,000,000 annually and a salary of over ₦2,643,261.42 monthly, over ₦609,983.40 weekly, and ₦121,996.68 daily.


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As the country’s number One Citizen, President Buhari’s fleet of cars cannot be readily counted as you would for a wealthy businessman or some legislator. It is known that he owns expensive bullet-proof cars among his presidential entourage and convoy. The pricey and opulent Mercedes-Maybach S600 costing up to ₦360 million, has been seen driving President Muhammadu Buhari.


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Buhari currently resides in the nation’s capital Abuja at the Presidential Villa in Aso-Rock. His other houses, if any, are not being revealed to the media.

Religion & Tribe

He is from the Fulani tribe of Katsina state. Muhammadu Buhari is a practicing Muslim and a devoted one at that. He is known to fancy and side with the Islamic sharia law and was once heard wishing to implement it in the whole of the country though he denied the allegation when it was put before him.

Previous Offices

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Buhari had most military training in Kaduna, Great Britain, India, and the U.S. Buhari was primarily educated in Katsina. He participated in the military overthrow of Yakubu Gowon in 1975, the same year he was named military governor of North Eastern State (now Borno). When Gowon’s successor, Murtala Mohammed, was assassinated in 1976, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, who had just taken over as military head of state, appointed him federal commissioner for petroleum resources. By 1977, Buhari had advanced to the position of military secretary at the Supreme Military Headquarters, which served as the capital. He had returned to his regular army responsibilities by September 1979, when he oversaw a division stationed in Kaduna.

Despite the return of civilian rule in Nigeria in 1979 with the election of Shehu Shagari, discontent with the country’s dire economic situation and what the military perceived as dishonest politicians sparked another military coup on 31 December 1983, and Buhari was unanimously chosen as the country’s new leader.

The Buhari administration faced many of the same economic issues that had bedeviled the Shagari administration, and Buhari enacted austerity measures. Because of his aggressive stance against corruption, hundreds of commercial and political leaders were tried, found guilty, or awaiting prosecution during his administration. Although authoritarian tactics were occasionally employed in the “War Against Indiscipline,” a program that attempted to advance good values in Nigerian society was started under his administration. Buhari put limitations on the press, political liberties, and unionists to quell opposition to his policies.


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Over ten books have been written by or for the President, as some are a collection of his speeches and quotes, while others detail his experiences and societal influences. These books include Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges In Leadership In Nigeria, written by John N. Paden and authorized by the President himself. Others include The Military Class, Political Class, and The Quest for Good Governance in Nigeria, written by Buhari himself. He also wrote PTF Years(collected speeches) in1999 and Many Questions and Buhari’s Answers(2003)


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The President has reiterated that his next step after he leaves office is to retire to his farm in Daura and take care of his animals and agriculture.

Popular Questions

What are Muhammadu Buhari's achievements?

Buhari has over 100 profound achievements during his tenure as President and leader of the Nigerian state. They include the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Establishment Act, implementing Executive Orders that have positively influenced the state of democracy in the nation, re-establishment of the Nigerian Rail commissions, and Increase in Electricity output, among numerous others. 

Can Muhammadu Buhari speak Fulfulde?

According to sources, though Buhari is Fulani by birth, he cannot speak the Fulfulde language

Can Muhammadu Buhari be impeached?

As a sitting President, Yes. But it has to be through the National Assembly issuing a vote of no-confidence and instigating the procedure for impeachment.

Can Muhammadu Buhari speak English?

Yes, He can and does.

Has Muhammadu Buhari ruled Nigeria before?

Nigeria’s President since 2015 has been Muhammadu Buhari. As a retired major general in the Nigerian Army, Buhari also led the nation’s military government from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985 following a military coup.

Did Muhammadu Buhari go to school?

Yes. He attended the Nigerian Military Training College, The Mons Officer Cadet School, Defence Services Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.

Did Muhammadu Buhari contest in 1999?

No, He didn’t. Olu Falae, running on a joint Alliance for Democracy-All People’s Party ticket, contested with Olusegun Obasanjo of the PDP.

Did Muhammadu Buhari attend NDA?

Yes. It was formerly known as the Nigerian Military Training College

Did Muhammadu Buhari attend University?


Did Muhammadu Buhari endorse Tinubu?

Yes. He endorsed Tinubu in Adamawa State

Did Muhammadu Buhari declare his asset?

Yes. He did so in 2015

Where does Muhammadu Buhari live?

He currently lives in Aso Rock but plans to return to Daura after his tenure

What does Yusuf Buhari do for a living?

He is said to be a Businessman, though better known for his reclusive lifestyle.

How do you pronounce Muhammadu Buhari?

muh·ha·muh·doo boo·haa·ree

Does Muhammadu Buhari have other wives?

No. After the death of his first wife, he married Aisha and has since remained with her even though rumors of another marriage in 2019 circulated on social media. The presidency has since debunked the news as “false.”

Does Muhammadu Buhari have a private jet?

A customized Boeing 737NG BBJ serves as President Muhammadu Buhari’s official aircraft (Boeing Business Jet).

Does Muhammadu Buhari have a son?

Yes. Yusuf Buhari is the most recognized of his sons and the only one alive though another son, Musa Buhari (deceased), did exist.

What does Buhari mean?

Named after a Persian scholar, Buhari means, ‘one who comes from Bukhara”. Bukhara is a city and region in modern-day Uzbekistan that was formerly significant in the Persian Empire’s era. It also means “Great Knowledge.”

How Muhammadu Buhari overthrow Shagari?

The military takeover of Nigeria in 1983 occurred on 31 December of that year. It resulted in the overthrow of President Shehu Shagari’s democratically elected administration and the installation of Major General Muhammadu Buhari as ruler. Senior military leaders in Nigeria orchestrated it.

How much is Muhammadu Buhari's salary?

He earns over ₦30,000,000 annually.


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