Buhari House Photos, Cost & Address
The modesty of President Muhammadu Buhari’s home in his hometown of Daura, Katsina State has been a subject of debate since the former military ruler started aspiring for the nation’s top job as a civilian. While supporters of the septuagenarian Head of State argues that it is proof of his loathe for looting of public fund for personal aggrandizement, his opponents have vehemently maintained that it speaks volume of his inability to effect growth and development both in his personal life and in the lives of the Nigerian populace.
President Buhari’s home in Daura include a 4 bedroom duplex built in 1983, and 2 mud houses he inherited from his late father and sister.
Buhari’s real estate possessions also include two houses in the city of Kaduna, a place he has mostly called home in the era preceding his dethronement as a military dictator and his return as a civilian President.
Below we take a look at Buhari’s houses, their histories, cost and addresses. But first, a quick look at the life of the 16th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
A Brief Biography Of Buhari
Muhammadu Buhari was born on December 17, 1942, in Daura, Katsina State. He is the twenty-third child of his father, Adamu. Buhari was raised by his mother, his father died when he was about three or four. He went to Primary School in Daura and Mai’adua from 1948 – 1952, before proceeding to Katsina middle School in 1953. He attended the Katsina Provincial Secondary School (now Government College Katsina) from 1956 – 1961. On graduation from Secondary School in 1961, Buhari went to the Nigerian Military Training School, Kaduna in 1963.
In October 1963, he was sent to the officers’ Cadet School in Aldershot in the United Kingdom and was thereafter commissioned Second Lieutenant in 1963 and posted to the 2nd Infantry Battalion, Abeokuta as Platoon Commander in 1963. It was at the Abeokuta Garrison that the real traits of a great soldier were identified in the young man. From 1963 – 1964 he was sent for further training on the Platoon Commanders’ Course at the Nigerian Military College, Kaduna.
In 1965, he went for the Mechanical Transport Officers’ Course at the Army Mechanical Transport School in Borden, England. He went to the Defence Services’ Staff College, Wellington, India in 1973 and to the United States Army War College from June 1979 to June 1980.
In August 1975, after General Murtala Mohammed took power, he appointed Buhari as Governor of the North-Eastern State, to oversee social, economic and political improvements in the state.
In March 1976, the then Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo appointed Buhari as the Federal Commissioner (position now called Minister) for Petroleum and Natural Resources. When the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation was created in 1976, Buhari was also appointed as its Chairman, a position he held until 1978.
The Nigerian Second Republic lasted from 1979 to 1983 under civilian president Shehu Shagari. The weak political coalition government, the end of the oil boom, the strain of recession, and fraud in the 1983 elections caused the army to step in again at the end of December 1983. Major-General Buhari and Major-General Tunde Idiagbon were selected to lead the country by middle and high-ranking military officers after a successful military coup d’etat that overthrew civilian President Shehu Shagari on December.
His administration subsequently initiated a public campaign against indiscipline known as “War Against Indiscipline” (WAI). As part of his “War Against Indiscipline”, he ordered Nigerians to form neat queues at bus stops, under the sharp eyes of whip-wielding soldiers. Civil servants who were late for work were publicly humiliated by being forced to do frog jumps.
In August 1985, Buhari was himself overthrown in a coup led by General Ibrahim Babangida on August 27th, and other members of the ruling Supreme Military Council (SMC). He was detained in Benin City until 1988.
Between 1995 and 1998, Buhari served as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), a body created by the government of General Sani Abacha, and funded from the revenue generated by the increase in price of petroleum products, to pursue developmental projects around the country.
Buhari contested the Presidential election as the candidate of the All Nigeria People’s Party in April 2003 and lost to Olusegun Obasanjo. He again contested under the ANPP banner on 14 April 2007 against Umaru Musa Yar’adua of the PDP and lost. This time around, Buhari appeared much more savvy and apt at understanding the political terrain. By broadening his base of support and actively campaigning in the influential, wealthy diasporic communities of the Igbo in particular, Buhari stemmed the power base of the PDP.
In March 2010, Buhari left the ANPP for the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), a party that he had helped to found. Nigerian political parties are largely organized around support for one central Big Man, rather than an ideology. Buhari was the CPC Presidential candidate in the 16 April 2011 general election, in which he lost to incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Buhari’s CPC was part of a merger to form a mega party to challenge the ruling PDP in the 2015 election. He became the presidential candidate of the newly-formed All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2015 presidential election which he eventually won.
Buhari was sworn in as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on May 29th 2015. He was sworn in for a second term on 29th May 2019.
Muhammadu Buhari is viewed as honest and straightforward, a novelty in the Nigerian political landscape. His support is based on this reputation, a support which limits his ability to make political compromises.
Buhari’s House In Daura
The history of President Buhari’s house in Daura, his hometown in Katsina State is not quite known, however the house has become famous since the former dictator returned to power as a “reformed democrat”.
The house is quite modest in size and furnishing. The three-bedroom bungalows situated at Daura Shagari Low Cost Housing Estate was built in 1983.
Along with Buhari’s first house in Kaduna, it was built with a loan from Barclays Bank.
Buhari’s House In Kaduna
Muhammadu Buhari’s house in Kaduna, Kaduna State was built in 1984 when he served as Head of State and Commander In Chief of the Nation’s armed forces.
Details of how he applied and got bank loan of N260, 000 to build the house recently emerged, with some Nigerians questioning whether his Spartan life of 1984 when he served as head of state is still the same as the current Nigeria’s president.
The bank document shows clearly that Buhari had resorted to taking a bank loan to be able to build his first house in Kaduna, having not been able to raise enough cash for such a project through all other means.
After applying for the cash, which came with interest, Buhari, a Major General in the army at the time, accepted all the terms and conditions imposed by Union Bank, which provided the N260,000 loan to him and laid out the conditions attached to the offer.
In the loan document dated June 1, 1984, and addressed to Major General Muhammadu Buhari, Head of State and Commander-in-Chief, Dodan Barracks, Lagos, the bank made it clear that the loan was approved for the building of his house.
Apart from the house built in 1984, Buhari has since become the owner of another house in the city of Kaduna.
Buhari’s House In Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari’s house in Abuja is located at number 9, Udo Udoma Street, few yards away from the Aso Rock Presidential Villa fence in Asokoro, Abuja. The sprawling lakeside mansion is reportedly valued at N2.1 billion.
Buhari’s House In Kano
President Muhammadu Buhari has declared a house in Kano as part of his assets before his swearing in 2015, and again before his swearing in for a second term in office in 2019.
Other Notable Things Owned By Buhari
President Muhammadu also owns a farm housing 270 cows, 25 sheep, five horses, several birds and dozens of economic trees. Buhari also owns two mud houses in his hometown: he inherited one from his late father and the other from his late elder sister.