President Muhammadu Buhari’s biography entitled, “Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of leadership in Nigeria” authored by Professor John Paden has continued to generate interest as well as controversies across the country.
Since its launch in Abuja penultimate Monday, the book has continued to attract comments almost on daily basis from Nigerians who are either faulting some of its claims or expressing shock at its many revelations. Apart from the account on the vice president which is still being contested by APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his camp, there is also that on Buhari having incriminating letters of former President Goodluck Jonathan requesting ‘off-budget’ funds as well as his (Buhari) skipping school at young age and earning his school master’s beating.
But what can be more revealing and coincidental than the fact that President Buhari’s former wife, Safinatu (who died in 2006) and his present wife, Aisha had equal number of children for him and not just that, same four girls and a boy each.
In chapter 5 and on page 35 of the book, Paden wrote: “Buhari had married Safinatu Yusuf in 1971 and they had five children, a son and four daughters. In the end, Buhari and Safinatu would be divorced in 1988. He would marry Aisha Halilu in 1989 after his release from detention. They would also have five children.”
Buhari’s children with the first wife are Zulaihat, Fatima, Hadiza, Safinatu and Musa respectively. Musa was said to have died in infancy of sickle cell anemia. Zulaihat also died in 2012 of sickle cell anemia.