Buhari explains his reasoning for declining to formally endorse the APC presidential candidate: "I Also Lost Three Times."


Nigeria's president since 2015 is Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, a Nigerian politician born on December 17, 1942 (listen).

Buhari, a retired major general in the Nigerian army, presided as the military leader of the nation from December 31, 1983, to August 27, 1985, following a military takeover. The autocratic practices of his military rule are referred to as "Buharism."

In 2003 and 2007, Buhari campaigned for president of Nigeria with the backing of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), and in 2011, he did the same with the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) platform. He became the All Progressives Congress party's presidential candidate for the 2015 general election in December 2014. In the election, Buhari triumphed over

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is the current president. An incumbent president lost a general election for the first time in Nigerian history. He took office on May 29, 2015. Buhari won reelection in February 2019 by more than 3 million votes, defeating his closest competitor, former vice president Atiku Abubakar.

Early years

A Fulani family welcomed Buhari into the world on December 17, 1942, in Katsina State. His mother, Zulaihat, was of Hausa and Kanuri heritage, and his father, Mallam Hardo Adamu, was a Fulani chieftain from Dumurkul in Mai'Adua. He bears the name Muhammad al-Bukhari after the Persian Islamic scholar who lived in the ninth century. He is the twenty-third (23rd) child of his father. Buhari was about four years old when his father passed away; he was reared by his mother. He went to Katsina Middle School in 1953, Katsina Primary School in Daura and Mai'adua, and Katsina Provincial Secondary School in Katsina State from 1956 to 1961.

Military Service

Buhari joined in the Nigerian Military Training College (NMTC) in 1962 when he was 19 years old. Prior to 1964, the Nigerian government sent cadets who had finished their NMTC preliminary training to mostly Commonwealth military academies for officer cadet training before upgrading the college to an officer commissioning unit of the Nigerian Army and renaming it the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).

Buhari received officer cadet training at the Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot, England, from 1962 to 1963. Buhari was given his appointment as a second lieutenant and made the Platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in Abeokuta, Nigeria, in January 1963 when he was 20 years old. Buhari attended the Platoon Commanders' Course at the Nigerian Military Training College from November 1963 to January 1964. Kaduna. He completed the Mechanical Transport Officer's Course at the Army Mechanical Transport School in Borden, England, in 1964 to expedite his military training.[Reference needed]

Buhari led the Second Infantry Battalion from 1965 to 1967 before being named brigade major of the First Infantry Division's Second Sector from April to July 1967. Lieutenant Buhari participated in the counter-revolution in July that removed General Aguiyi Ironsi and replaced him with General Yakubu Gowon following the deadly Nigerian coup d'├ętat of 1966 that ended in the death of Premier Ahmadu Bello.

Buhari was placed in charge of the 1st Division by Lt. Col. Mohammed Shuwa. When the Nigerian Civil War first broke out, the division had temporarily relocated from Kaduna to Makurdi. Sector commanders Martin Adamu and Sule Apollo, who were later replaced by Theophilus Danjuma, supported sector commander Shuwa in dividing the 1st division into battalions and then sectors  The first position Buhari held was that of adjutant and company commander for the Second Sector Infantry of the 1st Division's 2 battalion unit. The 2 battalion was one of the troops that took part in the first military operations of the conflict. With the aid of Gado Nasko's artillery squad, they marched from Gakem near Afikpo to Ogoja. Within a week, they arrived at and took control of Ogoja with the objective of reaching Enugu, the rebel capital, by cutting through the flanks.

For a brief period, Buhari was in charge of the 2nd battalion. He took the battalion to Afikpo, where it joined the 3rd Marine Commando and advanced toward Enugu via Nkalagu and Abakaliki. Prior to the transfer to Enugu, he was sent to Nsukka as Brigade Major of the 3rd Infantry Brigade under Joshua Gin, who was later replaced by Isa Bukar due to combat exhaustion. For a few months, Buhari remained with the infantry as the Nigerian army started to modify the techniques it had learned from its early fighting experiences. The new strategies involved capturing and maintaining communication lines and exploiting conquered towns as training grounds for additional recruits sent in from the rear. army facilities at Zaria and Abeokuta. He was assigned to the 4 Sector in 1968, also known as the Awka sector, which was in responsible of taking over Division 2's seizure of Onitsha. The region of Awka-Abagana-Onitsha, where the sector operated, was crucial to the Biafran army since it was a significant source of food supply. The area where Buhari's group incurred numerous losses while attempting to block the rebels' access for obtaining food supplies along the Oji River and Abagana. 

Buhari explains his decision not to formally nominate the APC presidential candidate, saying, "I Also Lost Three Times."

When asked to support a candidate in the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primaries, President Muhammadu Buhari rejected. He has now explained why.

The president indicated that in order to win the presidency a fourth time through a democratic process, he had to challenge it three times and ultimately wind up at the Supreme Court without result.

The president, however, questioned why he would choose a candidate and circumvent such a system.

He said that just as the late Ahmadu Bello advocated for fairness, equity, and justice, so did he.

At the 2023 Annual Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Lecture, which was held on Saturday in Lafia and was sponsored by the Nasarawa State government and Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, Buhari made this statement.

The president, who was represented by his chief of staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, recommended people who were unhappy with the election's results to seek remedy in court.

Further, he urged Nigerians to embrace the late Sardauna, Sir Ahmadu Bello's selfless service and the legacies he left behind since he was dedicated to the unity, peace, and growth of Nigeria and stood for it till his passing.

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