President of Nigeria, took office in May 2015, after defeating Goodluck Jonathan in elections. Born December 17, 1942, Muhammadu Buhari is part of the All Progressives Congress party.
Buhari served in Nigeria's military from 1961 until 1985, and formerly served as head of state between December 1983 and August 1985 after taking power in a coup. He has since described himself as a "converted democrat." A major challenge of his tenure is likely to be the separatist Islamist group Boko Haram.
All this year the problem of food shortages in northern Nigeria has been highlighted by various aid agencies. The UN described it this month as the worst on the African continent. President Buhari though says that is hype. But the Boko Haram insurgency has disrupted food production in the region. Mohammed Al-Amin is DW's correspondent in northern Nigeria.