How old is President Buhari? is one of the commonest questions asked followers of the Nigerian President who came into power in 2015 after defeating incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan in a historic election.
Muhammadu Buhari is a retired Major General in the Nigerian Army. He was Head of State from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after he seized power in a military coup d’état. He was however overthrown in 1985 and spent 2 years in jail afterward.
Muhammadu Buhari was born in Daura, Katsina state on the 17 of December 1942. He is the twenty-third child of his father.
As a child, he enrolled in primary schools in Daura and Mai’adua and in 1953 went to the Katsina Model School. From there he attended the Katsina Provincial Secondary School (now Government College Katsina) from 1956 to 1961.
He joined the army in 1961 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in January 1963. He was then appointed Platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in Abeokuta. In 1964, he attended the Mechanical Transport Officer’s Course at the Army Mechanical Transport School in Borden, United Kingdom.
He was appointed Brigade Major, Second Sector, First Infantry Division, in April 1967 to July 1967.
He became the governor of the then Northern Eastern State from the 1st of August 1975 to the 3rd of February 1976.
Before he became President in 2015 he contested for president unsuccessfully in 2003, 2017 and 2011. He is known far and wide for his anti-corruption stance.
Following the end of military leadership in Nigeria, Buhari decided to take responsibility for anything that happened when he was Head of State, saying he cannot change the past. He calls himself a “converted democrat”
Question: How Old is President Buhari?
Answer: He is 75 years old (2017 estimate)