Muhammadu Buhari was born to a Fulani family on 17 December 1942, in Daura, Katsina State, to his father Hardo Adamu, a Fulani chief, and mother Zulaihat. He is the twenty-third child of his father.
Buhari was raised by his mother, after his father died when he was about four years old.
After his parents death, Buhari moved in with Hajiya Rakiya Adamu.
Hajiya Adamu is elder sister to President Muhammadu Buhari and the only
surviving sibling out of the two brothers and sisters he had. Hajiya is popularly called with a monicker, Amadodo, she stills lives in her home at Kofar Baru, Daura.
We learnt that Hajiya Adamu is the only person bloodily related to and he often takes some useful advice from the eighty four year old.
Sources also revealed that President Buhari is very protective of her, she’s a quite and more reserved person who you hardly see.
We were also told that political allies if the President are not given easy access to the woman.
It would be recalled that Hajiya Adamu made headlines last March covered a distance of 100 metres on foot to her Kofar Baru 002 polling unit in Daura to exercise her franchise and to vote his younger brother who was seeking for re-election for the second term in office.
Speaking about President Muhammadu Buhari’s attitude when he was still young, Hajiya Rakiya revealed that, ‘Since when he was a small boy, he is calm and doesn’t talk much nor look for trouble, he is close to his relations, he tries his best to link up anywhere he is and he happened to have him lived
with me when he was schooling in Katsina, I was married then at that time, he never looks for trouble and people do not come to report him to me, even in his childhood during school he leads his friends, they never queried his attitudes, even now go round Daura town he has no enemy. This is all I know of his attitudes which endeared him to all”.
President Muhammadu Buhari was the youngest in the family which consisted of 23 children. His father, Adamu Buhari, died when he was barely four years old. Due to this, his mother, Zulaihat Buhari, had no choice but to bring up him and her other children on her own.
“We were 24 from our mother late Hajiya Zulaihatu who died in 1992, but Buhari was her last born,” Hajiya Adamu revealed.
In 1971, Buhari married his first wife, Safinatu (née Yusuf) Buhari (First lady of Nigeria December 1983 – August 1985). They had five children together, four girls and one boy. Their first daughter, Zulaihat (Zulai) was named after Buhari’s mother. Their other children are Fatima, Musa (deceased son), Hadiza, and Safinatu.
In 1988, Buhari and his first wife Safinatu divorced. In December 1989, Buhari married his second and current wife Aisha Buhari (née Halilu). They also had five children together, a boy and four girls: Aisha, Halima, Yusuf, Zahra and Amina.
On 14 January 2006, Safinatu Buhari, the former first lady, died from complications of diabetes. She was buried at Unguwar Rimi cemetery in accordance with Islamic rites.
In November 2012, Buhari’s first daughter, Zulaihat (née Buhari) Junaid died from sickle cell anaemia, two days after having a baby at a hospital in Kaduna.
Buhari unsuccessfully ran for the office of president of Nigeria in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 general elections.
In December 2014, he emerged as the presidential candidate of
the All Progressives Congress for the March 2015 general elections. Buhari won the election, defeating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. This marked the first time in the history of Nigeria that an incumbent president lost to an opposition candidate in a general election. He was sworn in on 29 May 2015. In February 2019, Buhari was re-elected President, defeating his closest rival Atiku Abubakar by over 3 million votes