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Muhammadu Buhari: Nigeria's former military ruler

Former military ruler and presidential aspirant of the opposition All Progressives Congress Muhammadu Buhari speaks during the presidential primary of the party in Lagos on December 11, 2014Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari has tried three times to become president of Nigeria since the return to civilian rule in 1999 and failed on each occasion. The 71-year-old was Nigeria’s military dictator from December 31, 1983 to August 27, 1985 after he ousted elected president Shehu Shagari, who was widely seen as corrupt and inept. One former senior military officer told AFP that Buhari, a devout Muslim, was “exceptionally corruption-free” and, unusually for a Nigerian leader, did not accumulate much in the way of spoils.

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