Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Buhari's calling

At the dawn of Nigerian independence in 1960, Muhammadu Buhari was a gangling teenager who eagerly joined the Nigerian Military Training College Kaduna, the go to school for smart, ambitious and often patriotic youths from Northern Nigeria. A two year stint at the later named Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) and Buhari was commissioned as a second lieutenant, at a time of major political upheaval, but also great opportunity for young military officers. Just a few short years later, the young 23 year old was named Commander of an infantry battalion, a position he held during the first and second military coups.