“The Profile of the Visitor, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR
President Muhammadu Buhari,?GCFR?was born on December 17, 1942 in Daura,
Katsina. 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.?He is a
retired?Nigerian Army?Major General?and was Head of State of?Nigeria?from
December 31, 1983 to?August 27, 1985.
He attended primary school in Daura and Mai’adua before proceeding to the
Katsina Model School in 1953, and Katsina Provincial Secondary School (now
Government College Katsina) from 1956 to 1961. He then joined the Nigerian
Military Training School in Kaduna, where his military career began.
Buhari joined the?Nigerian Army?in 1961, when he attended the?Nigerian
Military Training College, it was renamed the Nigerian Defence Academy
in?Kaduna. From 1962 to 1963, he underwent Officer Cadets Training at Mons
Officer Cadet School?in?Aldershot, England.

In January 1963, Buhari was commissioned as Second Lieutenant, and appointed
Platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in?Abeokuta,?Nigeria. From
November 1963 to 1975, the Visitor attended several military courses and
trainings both at home and abroad. He had also held many posts at different
military installations. He was also Military Secretary at the Army Headquarters
from 1978 to 1979 and member of the Supreme Military Council from 1978 to 1979.

From 1979 to 1980, at the rank of Colonel, Buhari (class of 1980) attended
the?United States Army War College?in?Carlisle, Pennsylvania and obtained