Today, December 29th 2020, President Muhammadu has again witnessed an additional year but sadly, Nigerians are witnessing a diminished economy, population and a broken soul from oppression and inflation.
Arriving as the 23rd child to a family in Daura, Katsina State, Buhari was born on December 17, 1942.
1. At age of 19, President Buhari started his journey in the military as he enrolled for the Nigerian Military Training College (NMTC) in 1962.
2. At age 20, Buhari was appointed Platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in Abeokuta.
3. At about 22 years of age, he became Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in 1965.
4. Some 2 years after, he got elevated to the position of Brigade Major, Second Sector, First Infantry Division, April 1967 to July 1967.
5. At 28, Buhari became Brigade Major/Commandant, Thirty-first Infantry Brigade in 1970-71
6. Age 29, he served as the Assistant Adjutant-General, First Infantry Division Headquarters, from 1971 to 1972.
7. At age 31, he went to the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, India, in 1973.
8. From there, he was appointed Acting Director of Transport and Supply at the Nigerian Army Corps of Supply and Transport Headquarters in 1974 to 1975.
9. He became the first Governor of Borno State from 3 February 1976 to 15 March 1976 at age 34.
10. Later that year, he was appointed by the Olusegun Obasanjo regime as the Federal Commissioner for Petroleum and Natural Resources (now minister). He later became the first chairman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, a position he held until 1978.
11. In 1983 at age 41, he became Military Head of State— a position he held for 18 months until he was toppled in 1985.
Nigerians could have stopped and ended his political story here. But in the ‘if only moments, Nigerian continued to make the man feature in the political limelight.
12. He contested the presidency three times. First at age 61 in 2003, then in 2007 and later in 2011 at the age of 65 and 69 respectively.
13. He finally cliched to the presidency seat in a democratic dispensation on May 29 2015 at the age of 73.
14. Again, in 2019, at age 77, he secured his second term mandate.
15. He had a wife before Aisha, Safinatu, who he married in 1971 and with whom he had five children. Buhari divorced her in 1988 before marrying the current first lady. Safinatu (née Yusuf) died in January 2006 from complications of diabetes.
While many politicians have waded in to shower praises on the President and commemorate with him, the masses have wasted no time to ruminate on the losses he has caused the Nigerian society both locally and internationally despite he knowing that age 78 is much closer to the afterlife than ever.
But we await his many other years to come.
Nigerians are truly a jolly set of people you’d ever come across and you cannot afford to …