The Men who'll change Nigeria in 2015

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Major General Muhammadu Buhari

Former Head of State

Date of Birth: 17/12/1942
Place of Birth: Katsina State

Married Safinatu Yusuf, 1971, four daughters.

Education: Nigerian Military Training College, Kaduna, 1962; Mons Officer Cadet School, Aldershot, United Kingdom, 1962-63; Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, India,1973.


Career: Joined the military, 1962; Commissioned Second Lieutenant, 1963; Platoon Commander 2nd Infantry Brigade, Abeokuta; Commander 2nd Infantry Battalion 1965-67; appointed Brigade Major, 2 Sector 1st Infantry Division, April 1967; Brigade Major and Commander, 31st Infantry Brigade, 1970-71; Assistant Adjutant-General 1st Infantry Division Headquarters, 1971-72; Military Governor North-Eastern State (Borno State); Federal Commissioner for Petroleum and Energy, 1976-78; Chairman, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation; General Officer Commanding (GOC), 3rd Armoured Division, Jos, 1981-83; Head of State and Commander in Chief, Nigerian Armed Forces, 1984-85; overthrown in August 1985 and made to retire from the Army; released on 13 December, 1988, after 40 months in detention; ran unsuccesfully for the Presidency in 1999, 2003 and 2007

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