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Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari

  • Born in Daura in Katsina State, northeastern Nigeria, in Decemer 1942; he's 72
  • Educated at the Nigerian Defense Academy, he received further military training in India, Britain and at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania (1979-1980)
  • Rose to the rank of major general in the Nigerian Army
  • Served as Nigera's military ruler for about 20 months from 1983 to 1985 before being forced out in a military coup
  • Lost last three elections: in 2003, 2007 and 2011
  • Voiced support this year for Nigerians to observe the religion of their choice; he's a practicing Muslim
  • Considered an anti-corruption leader
  • Ran campaign promising to end Boko Haram's insurgency and survived a suspected Boko Haram assassination attempt in July 2014

Sources: News reports, Reuters