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Celebrating The 81st Birthday Of Muhammadu Buhari: A Legacy Of Integrity, Dedication And Selflessness



Celebrating The 81st Birthday Of Muhammadu Buhari: A Legacy Of Integrity, Dedication And Selflessness

By Bashir Ahmad

As we mark the 81st birthday of former President Muhammadu Buhari, born on December 17, 1942, in the ancient town of Daura, Katsina state, it’s a moment to reflect on the remarkable journey and enduring legacy of this esteemed Nigerian leader. Serving as the President of Nigeria from 2015 to 2023, Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure was marked by a steadfast commitment to discipline, honesty, and a selfless dedication to the nation’s progress.

Before his presidency, Muhammadu Buhari, a retired Nigerian army major general, served as the country’s military head of state from December 31, 1983, to August 27, 1985. His military career was distinguished by the same values that later defined his political journey: integrity, discipline, and a tireless work ethic.

As his special assistant during his presidency, I had the unique privilege of witnessing firsthand the profound depth of his dedication. President Buhari’s days in office were not just about policy-making and governance; they were lessons in personal integrity and national service. His commitment to discipline and honesty was not merely rhetoric but a lived experience, evident in his daily interactions and decisions.

One of the most striking aspects of Muhammadu Buhari’s personality is his selflessness. Contrary to the popular trope of political self-interest, Baba, as we fondly called him, always put the needs of the nation and its people first. His approach to governance was never about personal gain but about what was best for Nigeria. This selflessness, a rare virtue in the realm of global politics, has been a beacon of inspiration for many, including myself.

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As he celebrates his 81st birthday, it’s not just the years that we celebrate but the legacy of a leader who has profoundly impacted Nigeria. Muhammadu Buhari’s life and career have been a testament to the power of dedicated and honest leadership. His contributions to Nigeria’s political landscape have set a benchmark for future leaders.

In a time where global leadership often seems to be wavering, Muhammadu Buhari’s legacy stands out as a reminder of the virtues of dedication, discipline, and selflessness in service to a nation.

Happy 81st birthday, Baba. Your journey continues to inspire us, and your legacy will undoubtedly shape the contours of Nigeria’s future. Your life is a narrative of selfless service and an unwavering commitment to the betterment of our nation.

As we celebrate this special day, we are reminded of the immense contributions you have made to our country and the values you have instilled in those who have had the honor of working with you.

May your years be filled with health, happiness, and the continued love and respect of a grateful nation.

Allah ya kara lafiya, Baba!

Bashir Ahmad
Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari (2015-2023)


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