Today we stand in ovation as we celebrate Mr. President Muhammadu Buhari on his new age!
Buhari was born on this day 17 December 1942 in Daura, Katsina State.
A former military ruler, he joined the army in the year 1962 and became the governor of the North-Eastern State during the regime of Murtala Mohammed. Later, he was appointed Minister or Federal Commissioner for Petroleum and Natural Resources during the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo in 1976.
On December 31, 1983, the government of the civilian President Shehu Shagari was removed in a coup d’etat, Major-General Buhari was selected by the high ranking military officials to lead the country.
General Muhammadu Buhari with Tunde Idiagbon introduced a public campaign against indiscipline known as “War Against Indiscipline” (WAI), which was a higy commended initiative by Nigerians because it helped curb corruption as well as other vices.
Buhari contested the Presidential election as the candidate of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) in 2003 and lost. Gen. Buhari, In the 2007 April Presidential polls, again contested. His main contender then was Umaru Musa Yar’Adua of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who is also from the same state – Katsina and he lost.
In March 2010, Buhari left the ANPP for the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), a party that he had helped to found. Gen. Buhari was the CPC Presidential candidate in the April 16, 2011 general election, running against incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and Ibrahim Shekarau of ANPP. Again he lost.
In the year 2015, Muhammadu Buhari not deterred by his previous failures, contested for the Presidential election under the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and after a very tight race with the incumbent, His Excellency, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Muhammadu Buhari emerged the winner and was declared the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Muhammadu Buhari is admired by many for his uprightness and stand against corruption.
It should be noted that the President gave his daughter Zahra in marriage yesterday Friday December 16 to Ahmed Indimi, the son of a multi-billionaire oil tycoon, Mohammed Indimi. The celebration continues today.
Happy 74th Birthday Mr. President and a big congratulations!