How Nigeria presidential challenger Muhammadu Buhari went from 'ruthless ex-dictator' to 'weak leader'

Muhammadu Buhari, Presidential Candidate of Nigeria’s All Progressives Congress (APC)

General Muhammadu Buhari, the former military head of state and presidential candidate of the opposition APC party has a reputation in Nigeria as a no-nonsense hard man earned during his hardline 20-month military government rule from 1984 to 1985. Some feel it’s the kind of leadership, fused with integrity, needed to curb what many Nigerians see as the excessive corrupt practices of the present regime.

So with Buhari soaring in the polls in the run-up to the original elections date of February 14, his rivals (mainly working for President Goodluck Jonathan) made a major change to stop reminding Nigerians Buhari was a “ruthless ex-dictator” which has an underlying implication of strength. The strategy in the last four to six weeks has focused on painting Buhari as a weak leader.

Read more: How Nigeria presidential challenger Buhari went from ‘ruthless ex-dictator’ to ‘weak leader’ – Quartz.