Revealed: See Why Buhari Was Overthrown As Head Of State In 1985


The historical record of current Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari who had ruled under the military state and now ruling under the new existing political era, known as democracy. As a leader, Buhari has failed Nigerians again as he could not made any impact that can bring great change to Nigeria as he promised during political his campaign in 2015.

Despite all his experience and age, as a former leader he has a track record of being the toughest leader ever had after Nigeria became independent, alongside with what his stewardship has led to in Nigeria, such as the early maltreatment ( Many policies ) of those he was to govern during his military regime, resulting in his being overthrown by the same group of soldiers.

Meanwhile, the military regime was an era where the country was governed and led by soldiers after Nigerians gained independence in 1960. It was really an era of quick overthrows by those who seemed to take over from the present leader as a result of a lack of either not ruling as required or going against the rule.

Furthermore, Muhammadu Buhari’ s historical background is written below, including his reasons for being overthrown as the military head of state.

Early Life Of President Buhari

General Muhammadu Buhari is a relative of Fulani born on December 17, 1942, in Daura, Kastina state, into a Fulani family.

His father was called Hardo Adamu, who was a Fulani chieftain, and his mother, Zulaihat, was of Hausa and Kenuri ancestry. He was unlucky not to have been raised by his father, who died when Buhari was four years old, as well as being the twenty- third child of his parents.

He attended primary school there at Daura at Mai, Adua in 1953, known as Katsina Middle School, and had his leaving certificate from Katsina province secondary school from 1956- 1961.

At age 19, Buhari enrolled in the Nigerian Military Army Training College in 1962, which he was upgraded in February 1964 as an officer commission unit of the Nigerian army and renamed the Nigeria Defence Academy.

The act of his career, however, was put into action during the First Civil War, when he was assigned to the first division under the command of a lieutenant. At this point, the first division was divided into sectors and then battalions, with Shewu assisted by commanders Martin Adamu and Sule Apollo, who later replaced Theophilus Danjuma. Buhari’ s assignment was mainly as adjutant and company commandant of 2 units.

Buhari As Head Of State

The structure of the new military leadership, which was also the first in Nigeria since the independence of the last military regime, was similar to that of the previous one.

However, with the establishment of a supreme military council, a federal executive council, and a council of state by the Obasajo and Yaraudau regimes, Buhari became the head of state in 1983- 85 for two years of leadership and fought corruption by imprisoning approximately 500 politicians, officers, and businessmen who he believed had violated his law during his stewardship.

Buhari Passed A Law Against False Accusations

Though many were set to be under government supervision as a form of detention and at the same time, in 1984, Buhari passed a law which protected against false accusations, a decree that marked his overthrow when the innocent were also affected by the law passed by him.

Apart from that, he started with the national social- political and economic system, which included cutting and removing excessive government expenditure, along with encouraging import substitution industrialization, where he forcefully demanded that the country operate on its own resources rather than foreign ones.

This led to a reduction in raw materials as people had no access to raw materials as usual as well as operating below capacity. This led to the closure of some businesses.

Again, he broke the country’ s with the over investigation and assigning of many people to oversee the country’ s welfare and fight corruption, he is considered to be the modern corruption figure and a man with many principles.

In conclusion, the above act marked the coup d’ etat of 1985.

The Buhari regime till date has never been the country’ s most appreciated leadership; rather it has stood the hopes to lead the country without a proper administration, even though he tends to fight corruption.

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