Muhammadu Buhari: Biography, Wives, Children, Grandchildren, Things You May Not Know

Muhammadu Buhari is a politician who attained the presidency in 2015. He’s a former military head of state (December 31, 1983 to August 27, 1985).

Although the above are common facts about the president, there’s more to him. Keep reading to find out more.

Muhammadu Buhari

Brief Biography 

On the 17th of December 1942, a Fulani family at Daura, Katsina State, welcomed a new addition to the family. This makes Muhammadu Buhari, the 23rd child of Mallam Hardo Adamu, his father. As well as Zulaihat, his mother, who has both Kanuri and Hausa ancestry.

Buhari’s Education

He had his primary and secondary school education in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State.

Instead of going to a higher institution, Buhari opted to enrol at the NMTC, the Nigeria Military Training College. This is how his military and political career started.


Altogether, up till this moment, Buhari has two wives. He married his first wife, Safinatu Buhari (Nee: Yusuf), in 1971. The duo gave birth to five children. The marriage didn’t last because they got divorced in 1988. 

What’s more? Safinatu gave up the ghost on the 14th of January, 2006. She was reported to have died of diabetes complications. 

Buhari remarried on the 2nd of February 1989 to Aisha. Allah blessed their marriage with five children.

Buhari and second wive, Aisha

Children & Grandchildren

The president has one boy and four girls from his first marriage. Their names are:

  • Musa (second-born, and only boy, but he’s late).
  • Zulaihat (The first daughter, late as well).
  • Fatima.
  • Safinatu.
  • Hadiza.

While his second marriage to Aisha Buhari breeds five children, their names are;

  • Yusuf.
  • Amina.
  • Halima.
  • Aisha.
  • Zahra.
Buhari and his nuclear family

As for grandchildren, the politician has seventeen grandchildren in total. However, one died in infancy so he’s left with sixteen grandchildren. 

Things Unknown about President Buhari

Two major unknown truths about Muhammadu Buhari are as follows;

  1. Buhari became fatherless at an early age, at four years old. 
  2. The president’s parents named him Muhammadu Buhari after a 19th-century Persian Islamic scholar. Who goes by the name Muhammadu al-Bukhari.



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