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Muhammadu Buhari
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World Leader
    (December 17, 1942- )
    Born in Daura, Nigeria
    Retired Nigerian Army major general
    Standard-bearer for the All Progressives Congress (APC)
    Governor of the Northeastern State (August 1975 – March 1976)
    Head of State of Nigeria from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985
    Led the country for 20 months after a coup in 1983
    Overthrown in a coup led by General Ibrahim Babangida and other members of the ruling Supreme Military Council, SMC (Aug. 1985)
    Namesake for the term, Buharism, ascribed to Nigeria's military government in the 80s
    Elected President of Nigeria, defeating incumbent Goodluck Jonathan; sworn in on 29 May 2015
    First opposition candidate to win a presidential election and unseat an incumbent in Nigerian political history
    President Jonathan's congratulatory phone call to Gen. Buhari after his victory made was made public and subsequently went viral on YouTube (Apr. 2, 2015)
    He is a former military junta Dictator.
    He was accused of flip-flopping on supporting Sharia Law.
    He has referred to himself as a 'converted,' 'born-again Democrat.'
    He was born 23rd in his family (and its not even clear if he's the youngest).
    He headed off the regime's 'War Against Indiscipline,' which involved false imprisonment and police whipping people for minor offenses (coming to work late, cutting in lines, etc.)
    He unsuccessfully ran for President in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 general elections.
    He vowed he wouldn't run for President after his third loss, but he did anyway.
    His 2011 loss to Goodluck Jonathan prompted post-election, religious-toned riots that left more than 800 people dead.
    He campaigned on abolishing the Office of the First Lady, calling it 'irrelevant, fraudulent and unconstitutional.'
    His campaign became embroiled in controversy when it was revealed that former Obama advisor, David Axelrod, was more involved than the campaign initially disclosed.
    He declined to mediate between the Nigerian federal government/military and Boko Haram when his name was appeared on a 2012 list of those who had the best chance of negotiating with the terrorist group.
    He proceeded to deeply anger Nigeria's Christian community by deploring the government's killing Boko Haram members and destroying their houses, leading some pastors to even call for his arrest (Jun. 2, 2013).
    He went on the record accusing the United States of 'aiding and abetting' Boko Haram's resurgence with their refusal to provide weapons to Nigeria's military (Jul. 22, 2015).
    He worked herding cattle as a child.
    He was raised by his widowed mother (his father died shortly after he was born).
    He is only the third person of Fulani descent to rule the country in Nigerian history.
    At 72, he became the oldest person to ever rule Nigeria.
    Although a devout Muslim, he selected a Christian pastor from the South as his vice president.
    He is a highly decorated military General who has won eight medals, including Grand Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
    When Chadian forces invaded the Borno State, he was crucial in driving them out of the country, crossing into Chadian territory in spite of a Presidential order given to withdraw.
    His 'War Against Indiscipline' started out as a full-on assault of corruption in government.
    He was imprisoned by Babangida for nearly four years after being overthrown in the 1988 coup.
    He was not allowed to attend his mother's 1988 funeral (he was in a detention facility at the time).
    He was one of only two African private citizens to be invited to President Barack Obama's inauguration.
    He escaped a bomb attack by Boko Haram in Kaduna, which killed 82 civilians (Jul. 2014).
    He was subjected to a smear campaign by the Jonathan Administration, which targeted his education, his health, and his family.

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