Do You Know That Buhari Often Skipped School And Was Always Flogged By Schoolmaster?

President Muhammadu Buhari was a reluctant student in his early years, John Paden, his biographer, has written.

According to Paden, a professor of international studies, in his book, ‘Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria’, Buhari often skipped school, which earned beatings by the schoolmaster.

He wrote that Buhari decided to take his studies seriously with the encouragement of Waziri al-Hassan and Mamman Daura.

“In part because of love for the outdoors, Buhari was a reluctant student in his early years. He would often skip school altogether, although this always resulted in beatings with a cane by the schoolmaster. Only with the encouragement of Waziri al-Hasan and Mamman Daura did he eventually settle down and take his studies seriously,” Paden wrote in chapter one under the subtitle: ‘Schooling and Leadership Values.’

However, he narrated how Buhari eventually became good at his studies and sports – and emerged the head boy of his secondary school.

“The early years of schooling were conducted in Hausa; thereafter, English was used. Buhari began to do very well in English, mathematics, and Arabic, as well general studies. Buhari also became involved in cross-country running, in which persistence and endurance were key,” Paden wrote.

“Buhari would spend nine years at boarding school, and fortunately he had good teachers.”

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  • chika bibian

    Everybody get em own story

  • emekachilaka

    ok good to no more about him

  • Mezzy Gilbert

    Na life,but who e epp

  • Cornel Nwankwo

    Is immaterial now, He is the Leader of Nigeria now……….
    Change is constant and anything can happen.

  • Hmmm sai baba

  • WillieBravo

    Ahahahaha! Who would have thought that stubborn student would someday b Nigeria’s two time president? That’s life for u Y’all

    • Olovo Obinna

      Yes oh

  • Olovo Obinna

    Everybody has story to tell…I too was a similar culprit…but everything changed overnight during my SS3 level……nothing God can not do…

    • Bad gang

      • Olovo Obinna

        Lol….na lie joor

        • True joor, you been be ring leader

          • Olovo Obinna

            Heheheheheh…ur talking from experience

          • Lol

    • Cornel Nwankwo

      Thank God for you

    • Mezzy Gilbert

      Ur mama go done talk taya,u bera b a good son and kip lavishing her with hollandis

      • Olovo Obinna

        Lol…no be like that oo


      ur own weh stop for ss3 gud nah… Mine ws til first year in sch… Until i cum see ma first semester rsult….. Nah once i deliver ma slf frm sturborness

      • Olovo Obinna


    • chika bibian

      You changed early enough some people na till final year in uni sef

      • Olovo Obinna