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PROFILE: His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR
The inauguration of General Muhammadu Buhari as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on May 29, 2015 was historic as it marked the first time inthe country’s history thata victorious opposition candidate was taking over from an incumbent President. 

President Buhari was born on 17thDecember1942 inDaura,KatsinaState toAdamuandZulaiha Buhari. He hadhis primary school education inDauraandMaiduafrom 1948 to 1952, before proceeding toKatsinaMiddle School in 1953. Subsequently, he attended theKatsinaProvincial Secondary School (now Government College,Katsina) from 1956– 1961, where he earned his West African School Certificate.President Buhari was married toSafinatuYusuf from 1971 to 1988, and since 1989 to AishaHalilu. He is blessedwith ten children.
He is a retired Major General in the Nigerian Army.The military coup of December, 1983 led to the emergence of General Muhammadu Buhari as Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
Driven by a profound sense of patriotism and commitment to national service, General Buhari entered politics in 2003, following Nigeria's return to a democratic dispensation in 1999. He unsuccessfully ran for the office of President in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 general elections. In December 2014, he emerged as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the March 2015 general elections that he won.
He joined the Nigerian Army in 1961 when he was admitted to the Nigerian Military Training College, Kaduna. He underwent the Officer Cadets training at Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot, England from 1962 to 1963, and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in January, 1963. He attended the Nigerian Military College, Kaduna for the Platoon Commanders’ Course from 1963-1964. He was then appointed Platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in Abeokuta. In 1965, he attended the Mechanical Transport Officers’ Course at the Army Mechanical Transport School in Borden, England. Further military trainings included the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, India in 1973, and the United States Army War College, from June 1979 to June 1980.
As a highly regarded officer, President Buhari held several key command and staff, as well as political appointments during his illustrious military career. These included Military Secretary; Member, Supreme Military Council; Military Governor of the North Eastern State; Federal Commissioner of Petroleum Resources; Chairman, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation; General Officer Commanding, 4th Infantry Division and General Officer Commanding, 3rd Armoured Division.
General Buhari therefore won a popular victory in the presidential elections of March 28, 2015 and was sworn into Office as President, Commander-In Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria on May 29, 2015.
Honours held by President Buhari include:

  • Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR)
  • Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR)
  • Defence Service Medal (DSM)
  • National Service Medal (NSM)
  • GeneralService Medal (GSM)
  • Loyal Service and Good Conduct (LSGCM)
  • Forces Service Staff (FSS)
  • The Congo Medal
  • Global Seal of Integrity (GSOI)

ARMS OF GOVERNMENT
The Federal Republic of Nigeria has judicial, legislative and executive arms of government at Federal and 36 State levels. The legislative arm of Government comprises the Senate and the House of Representatives. Each State has an elected Executive Governor, an Executive Council and a House of Assembly with powers to make laws. Each of the 774 Local Government Areas (LGA) is administered by an elected executive chairman and elected legislative council members from electoral wards which are the lowest political units. There are 9572 political wards in Nigeria. The State governments have substantial autonomy and exercise considerable authority over the allocation and utilization of their resources.

Functions of the President of Nigeria
The President has the powers entrusted by the Constitution and legislation, including those necessary to perform the functions of Head of State and head of the national executive.
The President is responsible for:

  • assenting to and signing Bills
  • referring a Bill back to the National Assembly for reconsideration of the Bill's constitutionality
  • referring a Bill to the Constitutional Court for a decision on the Bill's constitutionality
  • summoning the National Assembly, or Parliament to an extraordinary sitting to conduct special business
  • making any appointments that the Constitution or legislation requires the President to make, other than as head of the national executive
  • appointing commissions of inquiry
  • calling a national referendum in terms of an Act of Parliament
  • receiving and recognising foreign diplomatic and consular representatives
  • appointing ambassadors, plenipotentiaries, and diplomatic and consular representatives
  • pardoning or reprieving offenders and remitting any fines, penalties or forfeitures
  • conferring honours

Eligibility
A person shall be eligible for the office of President if he or she is a citizen of Nigeria, at least 40 years of age, is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party. The constitution limits the President to only two terms of four years each in office.
The Office of the President is responsible for the effective coordination of all government activities for good government. The core functions of the office of the President are:

GENERAL ADMINISTRATION:
Police
Fire protection
Civil protection
Criminal justice
Statistical office
Electoral register
EDUCATION:
Secondary
Higher education
PUBLIC HEALTH:
Hospitals
HOUSING AND TOWN PLANNING:
Housing
TRANSPORT:
Roads
Transport
Urban roads
Urban rail
Ports
Airports
ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC SANITATION:
Consumer protection
CULTURE, LEISURE AND SPORTS:
Theatre and concerts
Museums and libraries
Sports and leisure
Religious facilities
UTILITIES:
Electricity
ECONOMIC:
Agriculture, forests and fisheries
Economic promotion
Trade & industry and Tourism
Carried out by the appropriate ministries in charge:
Agric and Natural Resources (State)
Attorney General, Justice
Aviation
Defence
Defence (State)
Education
FCT (State)
Federal Capital Territory
Finance
Finance (State)
Foreign Affairs
Foreign Affairs (State)
Health
Information and Communications
Interior
Labour
Mines and Steel Development
National Planning
Niger Delta Affairs
Niger Delta Affairs (State)
Petroleum
Police Affairs
Power
Science and Technology
Sports
Trade and Investment
Trade and Investment (State)
Transport
Women Affairs
Works
Works (State)
Youth Development
To all the 36 states government in the country:
Abia
Adamawa
Akwa Ibom
Anambra
Bauchi
Bayelsa
Benue
Borno
Cross River
Delta
Ebonyi
Edo
Ekiti
Enugu
Gombe
Imo
Jigawa
Kaduna
Kano
Katsina
Kebbi
Kogi
Kwara
Lagos
Nasarawa
Niger
Ogun
Ondo
Osun
OYO
Plateau
Rivers
Sokoto
Taraba
Yobe
Zamfara
Federal Capital Territory (Abuja)
Elected Members of the National Assembly – delegation from Oyo State
The 7th Assembly 2011 - 2015
 
REPORT IT – please let the office of the President know about problems with any of the services or issues so that they can deal with it. For example: complaints & suggestions on education, environmental protection, housing and town planning etc.

APPLY FOR IT – apply for many of the services and opportunities. For example: school place, jobs, planning permission, disposal of waste, recycling containers etc.

SAY IT – have your say on National consultations, provide feedback or to get involved, on issues such as education, public health, environment, sports etc.

PAY FOR IT – pay for charges and invoices such as taxes, rates, licences, fees and fines etc



 
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